Can you imagine hearing the words "your child has autism"? In a split second, life - as you know it - has changed. For a different family every 20 minutes, tomorrow will never be the same.
This is our son Recker Jay Roussel. He was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder last year when he was 16 months old. To me he was still my baby, it has definitely rocked our family but made us stronger. He LOVES to scrape the filling out of Oreos! He could roll around in the dirt and play outside all day long! The swing is probably his favorite place on earth. He has the most infectious laugh and is the light of our lives! He loves his family, and his Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles are his absolute best friends. He loves everyone and he is so easy to love back.
The parts of his day most don't know about are his Therapies and Doctors visits. He is in therapy almost daily and in different specialist doctors offices every couple weeks. He is non-verbal and has no way of communicating with us his needs and wants. This makes life for him extremely difficult and exhausting for everyone. He like many with ASD have Sensory Processing Disorder which causes a whole other slew of difficulties for his daily life. Please help Recker by donating ANY amount you are able to. Every dollar helps.
By participating in this event, you are helping to change the future for all who struggle with autism. By walking, you are getting us one step closer to finding what causes autism, how to prevent and treat it, and ultimately a cure so no family ever hears those words again. Until then, we walk to find answers and raise awareness about the devastating toll that autism has had on families like ours.
I need you to help make tomorrow be about little league, school lunches and first words rather than therapy, doctor appointments and despair. Together, we will find the missing pieces.