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Boy With Autism Nearing Scouting's Highest Award

Boy With Autism Nearing Scouting's Highest Award

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SANDY, Utah (AP) -- A 17-year-old Sandy boy is about to complete a project that will earn him his Eagle Scout award.

Sam Dolim's project is an ambitious one -- delivering books and school supplies to a remote school in Mexico. But the work is as much about overcoming a label.

Sam has autism.

He's quiet and embarrassed to talk about the project but says he -- (quote) -- "just had a feeling to do this."

Sam learned about the school when he took a trip to Mexico with his mother.

Rochelle Dolim says she's taught her son that the mental disorder isn't something that has to define his life.

Tomorrow, the Barnes & Noble bookstore at Salt Lake City's Gateway is holding a book fair for the project. On December 18th, Sam and his mother will travel to Mexico to deliver the books and supplies.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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