Saturday, September 20, 2008
Walk Now for Autism!
We are very proud to be taking part in Walk Now for Autism. We have often wondered if Ryan is on the spectrum, so raising money for other kids battling this disorder if very close to our hearts. One of my very good friends has a daughter on the spectrum and they have helped her so much. She and her husband are wonderful advocates for their daughter and are always doing everything they can to help her. So we are walking in honor of Hallie. Please visit this link and make a donation. Every penny helps!
Please read this heartfelt letter from a wonderful father fighting with all he has to help his daughter navigate the spectrum.......
Hallie and Noah are the light of our lives. But unfortunately, we have been fighting to get our little girl back from Autism. We have financially bankrupted our family to provide the services that our daughter needed. She still needs speech to give her a voice. She still needs to learn better social skills. She still needs special education to help her understand her math and reading homework. She still needs to see a psychologist to help her understand all the pieces to her puzzle. She still needs Occupational Therapy to help regulate her sensory surroundings. And the list goes on. All of these services have paid off. Hallie enjoys soccer and we were told she would not play groups sports by the so-called experts. She is beginning to laugh at the appropriate time and is beginning to eat a variety of foods (if variety includes all forms of chicken nuggets!). And yes, she has a voice. But we still have a lot of obstacles to face and we wake up every day not knowing how Autism
Walk Now for Autism is our chance to make a difference in the fight against autism by raising money for autism research and heightening public awareness. Please join me in my fight as I raise $500.00 to help fund essential research. I will be walking on October 12 and would like you to support those affected by autism. You can donate to Walk Now for Autism and join my team online through my webpage at www.walknowforautism.org. Donations can also be mailed to Autism Speaks using the donation form located on my page or send me a check made out to Autism Speaks. My team name is Buckeyes for Hallie; please note this on your check and the donation form.
Chris (Hallie's dad)