BENEFITING: Branching Out Foundation Inc.
EVENT DATE: May 14, 2016
Dawn Vatuna wrote -
Branching Out Foundation. Inc. a 501(c)3 certified non-profit organization in partnership with Greenwich Autism Alliance a certified 501(c)3 non-profit organization will hold the 2nd Annual Autism Charity Walk on Saturday May 14th at Lopatcong Park in Lopatcong NJ !!
All money raised for this event will be used to benefit parents and children in our local community!
Rain or Shine we will walk for Autism Awareness!!
A MESSAGE FROM OUR FOUNDER:
My story began in early 2012 when I noticed my son Ja’vyn was not developing as my other children had. He displayed distinct behavior which included playing with his toys differently, not making eye contact and he was non-verbal. His doctor suggested an evaluation and after 4 hours we received news that would change my life forever.
My son is Autistic.
Hearing these words made me feel numb; I was in complete denial and believed the diagnosis to be incorrect. My family and I knew nothing about Autism except that it was a developmental disorder. I had no idea where to turn for assistance or for information on Autism.
So I began researching the internet and right away, I noticed the lack of resources available in my area. I then started to look for other local parents that had a child diagnosed on the spectrum who could empathize with how I was feeling. This too was very difficult to find. It was then that I realized, not only did I want to help my son but I needed a way to help parents, caregivers and members of our community navigate and understand the turns of the “Puzzle Pieces.”