All I can say is WOW! I am a part of an amazing Yahoo group, a mom's group in the Bronx/lower Westchester area of NY. They decided to host a garage sale for Jaedon to cover his MB12 shots. Moms donated stuff and one of the mom's opened up her home and had the sale there, posting signs, advertising, everything. Guess what??? We made $1000 for Jaedon! Amazing things happen when people come together.
I think every child with a special challenge needs a team of people pulling for him/her. That team gives energy to the family members who are on the field day in day out. The team encourages us, sees progress sometimes when we don't see it, and gives to us when our reserves are low. Jaedon has an amazing team that he has pulled to himself. It's been my privilege to meet so many great people because of him, and I look forward to the great people we have yet to meet.
If you aren't part of some special child's team, step up! Join up! I know you know someone who has a challenge of some kind. 1 in 166 children are diagnosed with autism. 1 in 5 boys are diagnosed with a learning difference of some kind. You can make a huge difference. Some parents just need a shoulder, a voice, a face. An offer to babysit for an hour so a mom can breathe or take a slow shower is invaluable. You can play, you can learn special ways of interacting to help with an area of challenge, you can raise awareness, you can fund raise. Call that family up right now and offer to help. Be a HOPE dealer.
As for Jaedon's team, thank you for loving and giving. Ideas are now flying around in everyone's head and I think we will have several fundraisers over then next few months. More than anything, that means we get to talk to lots more people about Jaedon and children like him, spread awareness, give hope, and inspire people to create their own teams for their own special child.
PS, it's not too late to join in our present. No donation is too small.