AJ's Piece of the Puzzle
Organized by: Anthony Nucci
The Big Check!
August 05, 2016
As many of you may know, our son AJ was diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) in March of 2015. ASD is a complex group of neurodevelopmental disorders that affect communication, social interaction, and repetitive behaviors in varying degrees. According to the CDC in 2014, ASD affects 1 in 68 children, and a recent survey by the National Center for Health Statistics in 2015 showed ASD affects as many as 1 in 45 due to increased awareness. There is no known cure, but there are opportunities for bright futures with early intervention.
AJ is a brilliant, fun-loving boy who has taught us so much in his 4 years. It goes without saying he is a busy guy with school, therapies, camp, multiple extra-curricular programs, and just being a 4 year old. We have been blessed with the capability to provide all his needs in order to obtain critical early intervention. Unfortunately, not all children and their families have this good fortune, and the programs are always in need of materials and funding to help keep them available to the ASD community.
Today, AJ would like to give back to these programs and help provide some of his peers with ASD the opportunities he has had. We are asking you to donate to "AJ's Piece of the Puzzle". All proceeds will be donated to the Providence Autism Center in honor of AJ. The program, which is a 501C3 charity (91-1041617), is located in Everett, Washington, and your donation is tax deductible. As an additional incentive, a $10+ donation will earn you a custom wrist wrap, a $25+ donation will earn you a wrist wrap and an autographed picture of AJ, and a $50+ donation will earn you a wrist wrap, an autographed picture, and an original piece of AJ artwork!
We thank you whole-heartedly for your generosity in supporting "AJ's Piece of the Puzzle" and helping him shine his light on Autism. We have pledged to match the first $1,000 raised. If you are a Progressive employee, Progressive will match your donation as well!
AJ, Janel, & Tony Nucci