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Luciana Randall's Fundraiser:

ABOARD's Autism Connection of PA

Luciana's Photo
Luciana's Photo
Luciana's Photo
Luciana Randall

THE STORY:

I have known a few older adults with autism, undiagnosed and seen as able and capacitated, since receiving the letter in the photo in 2009. This was mailed to me from a woman "running out of money." Her 92 year old mother had died about a year prior, leaving her some cash and the belief that her typed stories and pencil drawings would bring her income. She had about $15 to her name, a typewriter, and some ideas she spent hours and hours each day putting on paper. She walked through the woods to the store when her cousin left $20 at the bottom of her steps now and then; he'd been raised to "leave her alone, she is extremely shy and 'different.' "

Since then, a small team of us have been on what is sometimes a very intense journey with these individuals. Lacking medical records due to their fear of people (including helping professionals) and since autism was not diagnosed when they were young, they fall between the cracks.

Why? The adult system does not see them as disabled. They can walk to the store and back but cannot decide what foods need refrigeration, and will walk the same route no matter if a snowdrift is in the way and they fall into the road. They can write a check yet have zero income. They could call 911 in an emergency but have no phone. They can calculate the calorie count of their limited food, but if running short, will simply sit still to conserve energy. The woman who wrote the letter in my cover photo was collecting rainwater for drinking when I met her. There is never a Plan B. Autism does not let the brain come up with one.

Living on the edge like this is an American freedom, a civil right. These are not reportable situations to any authority. There is no heating assistance, no subsidized housing, no water, electric, or gas payment agreement if you have no income. Things just get shut off and that is 100% legal. As I've been told innumerable times "we all have the right to make poor choices." Protective Services cannot help unless we can prove abuse, neglect, or exploitation.

So.

I am walking to raise money specifically for a new "Indigent Fund" in our office. This will be used only in specific emergency situations where we need to keep the heat on and water coming in until other services can be arranged. Food supplies more easily arranged thanks to food pantries. But it takes some creativity to keep the lights on.

We live in the second-oldest county in America. I often wonder how many more of these people are out there.

$800

MONEY RAISED
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  • Pamela and Ivan Schrank and Family

    $70

  • Mary Krestar

    $30

  • Renee Georgi

    $50

  • The Beley Family

    $40

  • Sondra Cheek

    $50

  • Susan and Becky Guerrieri

    $30

  • Janice and Barry Nathan

    $50

  • The Thorsen Family

    $190

  • Karen Boros

    $40

  • Crane Family

    $250

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53% Raised of $1,500 Goal

The Team: $11,568 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Cynthia Pofi

Amount Raised

$2,551

 

128% Raised of $2,000 Goal

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Astrid Arroyo

Amount Raised

$903

 

151% Raised of $600 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jeffrey Crum

Amount Raised

$810

Fundraiser Title

Luciana Randall

Amount Raised

$800

 

53% Raised of $1,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Greggory Allen

Amount Raised

$700

 

400% Raised of $175 Goal

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Suzanne Hull

Amount Raised

$550

 

55% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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Karleen Preator

Amount Raised

$535

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Laura Wonderling

Amount Raised

$530

 

106% Raised of $500 Goal

Donor Comments

Crane Family

Crane Family

DONATION: $250

Go, Lu! 5 years ago

Karen Boros

Karen Boros

DONATION: $40

I hope this helps! Thank you for making people aware of this unfortunate circumstance! 5 years ago

The Thorsen Family

The Thorsen Family

DONATION: $190

5 years ago

Janice and Barry Nathan

Janice and Barry Nathan

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

Susan and Becky Guerrieri

Susan and Becky Guerrieri

DONATION: $30

5 years ago

Sondra Cheek

Sondra Cheek

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

The Beley Family

The Beley Family

DONATION: $40

5 years ago

Renee Georgi

Renee Georgi

DONATION: $50

Thank you, Lu, for always caring enough to do more. 5 years ago

Mary Krestar

Mary Krestar

DONATION: $30

5 years ago

Pamela and Ivan Schrank and Family

Pamela and Ivan Schrank and Family

DONATION: $70

In lieu of a birthday gift for Ivan's mother, we are donating to this worthy cause 5 years ago