Saturday, August 24, 2013

Strength in Numbers

Five years ago...
We discovered Action for Autism St. Louis -- a newly formed organization dedicated to helping families like ours, affected by autism.  At the time Noah was in kindergarten and either melting down or shutting down nearly every day.  Initially I was nervous to meet with the founders to discuss Noah's challenges and our family's circumstances.  However, within the first few minutes of talking to AFA President, Brad Buechler and VP, Sheila Charlton, I felt my anxiety slip away. During that interview, I learned they not only talked the talk...but they walked it, too.  Two of Buechler's grandchildren are affected by autism. 

Five years ago...
Statistics showed that one in 110 children had an autism spectrum disorder.

Today...
Statistics show that one in 88 children have an autism spectrum disorder.

Today...
My family and I were among more than 250 people who came out to participate in Action for Autism's 5th Annual Family Fun Walk. Since 2009 we've enjoyed the tradition of having our picture taken next to the foot marker featuring Noah's sweet freckled face.  We look forward to devouring pancakes and a generous helping of egg casserole and fresh-squeezed orange juice, compliments of The Original Pancake House.  We celebrate how far Noah has come and with each step...we realize how grateful we are for this group of caring people. 

A special thank you to all of our family and friends who made a donation to Action for Autism.  This year you helped us raise $962!  So much good will come from your generosity.  We know...because we've experienced it firsthand.



A bit jealous at seeing Noah's face on the foot marker...Natalie asked, "When I grow up will I have austism?"

Way Cool Balloons enertained the kids with, well...you know -- way cool stuff.  

4 comments:

  1. What a wonderful way to honor and celebrate the strength of such people who care and share in the mission! What a blessing that you have found such an amazing organization for support!

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    1. Thanks, Chris! We are so very grateful.

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  2. This is awesome - or should I say au-some! I love events like these and wish there were more of them...glad to know that you have that support! :-)

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    1. Ha! So true. Thanks for stopping in.

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