Minneapolis, Minnesota rapper 50 Tyson has not only become a YouTube sensation, he’s become a role model. The 17 year-old Autistic artist has been announced as a headlining rapper for his hometown’s 11th Annual Steps Of Hope walk for Autism awareness.

Over 1,500 people are expected to attend the March 6 event at Minneapolis’ Ridgedale Center. “I am excited to be able to do my part to raise money for autism research,” said 50 Tyson in a statement. The Hudson Records artist continues, “As an autistic rapper, it’s important that I demonstrate to other autistic individuals that you too can live out your dreams and not let autism slow you down.”

For more information on Steps Of Hope, visit The Autism Society of Minnesota.