Hello Friends and Family,
AutismUp is the leading 501-C3 autism organization in Rochester and the surrrounding areas, who's fundraising success is a result of the kindness of families, freinds and community partners. The group aims to provide support for our families and to connect our children to engage in a highly appropriate environment, but they need your help too. AutismUp cannot continue to expand and ehance programs and services that meet the needs of the community, members, family and William's without your support. I would like to ask you to consider joining our march team and/or making a donation on behalf of William and our family to AutismUp's "KiteFlite" 2014.
William benefits from the programming AutismUp provides, but so do countless others. One program that is offered is called "I can Ride Bike" Camp. William participated in this program 6 years ago when he was 8 years old. This bike program was life changing for William and his family. Just recently the bike program was offered and I encouraged one of William's friends Mom to sign her 15yr old son up for the experience. This Mom had her doubts and thought no way could riding a bike ever be possible for her child. I told her lets try and I and countless volunteers will assist him. Guess What! This friend of Will's was up and riding in just 5 days of a 90 minute class. I will not say it was easy for this friend to get going on a bike and the anxiety alone was overwhelming for the entire week. However, he did it and has never been more proud of hiimself as he was when he toook his first ride alone down the bike path. His smile and words that said, "Yes, I am doing this "was very emotional for us all. The wonderful part of all this is William now has FRIEND who "gets him" for who he is and vise versa. They can ride bikes together. As William's Mom this means the world to me. We need toi keep this program going so we can continue to assist other children to become independent bike riders at any age.
I see William who works very hard in all his complex multidimensional glory. I am encourged by his humor (new), self acceptance and self awareness because this can be very difficult for our children. This child of mine is inspiring but not because of his autism but because he lives his life in a way that commands respect and demands acceptance. We are blessed to have family and friends who love my children, but respect them enough to love them as they need to be loved.
Pledging your support is easy and you can do so by visiting our team page at http:// www.crowdwise.com/kiteflite2014 and type in our team name which is William's Ride.
We appreciate your continued support for our cause but more importantly, our family.
From the bottom of our hearts,
Karen, Rob, Caroline and our sweet William