Why I Walk for Autism Speaks
Dear Family and Friends
It's that time of year again and in less than two weeks we will once again walk to show our love and support for Hudson and those affected by autism. This year Autism Speaks has committed to make 2020 a “Year of Kindness”! Not only Today being the 15th Birthday of Autism Speaks but also the 20th Year Anniversary of Autism Speaks we would appreciate if you took the time to make a small donation to Autism Speaks, a cause that is extremely important to our family. Lisa is extremely proud to again be the Co-Chair for the Autism Speaks Palm Beach Walk. She Co-Chairs the walk and we continue to donate and participate to help change the future for everyone who struggles with autism because we have an amazing little boy that has positively changed our lives and will continue to change lives around him.
Over the last year, Hudson has had some extreme ups and downs. He has grown in so many incredible ways but has also shown regression in others. While we can hear his sweet little voice more and more each day, we also see how frustrated he gets when he is misunderstood and unable to communicate. He now consistently communicates his wants and needs, as well as sings parts of songs and mimics his favorite sayings. He has also found his voice in typing his favorite scenes from his beloved shows. He is obsessed with videoing himself and taking pictures any opportunity he gets. While he still has a long way to go in his language and communication skills, the progress he has made gives us hope that he will continue to grow and communicate with the world around him. Socially, Hudson continues to interact with family members, friends, and individuals around him. He loves to play with Carter and Griffin, as well as play alongside their friends. He continues to light up the lives of so many around him who show their love for him and know how special he is. We continue to hope and pray for more awareness, acceptance, and kindness of those that are different, as it has been such a joy to witness how Hudson’s social skills develop right before our eyes as people allow him into their world. This year continues to show us what an amazing little boy we have who unconditionally loves everyone that takes the time to break through his hard turtle shell. While he may not be able to tell you, he sees how people treat him differently. Over the last year we watched the sparkle in his eye disappear when others didn't believe in him or treated him like his peers, but we also saw his glow illuminate for individuals who pushed him and showed their love for him. Through it all, Hudson continues to have an infectious personality that not only makes you fall in love with him, but also makes you want to learn more about how to continue to unlock his puzzle pieces.
Hudson is our little hero and as a team we are all “Hudson's Heroes”! Because of this, we decided as a family to do our part to raise awareness, advocacy, and research for Autism as well as show support for children growing up with ASD by participating in the Autism Speaks Walk in West Palm Beach on March 1, 2020. We personally have seen why early diagnosis, therapy, research, advocacy, and a caring support network are all critical to facilitating an autistic child in learning to lead a more complete and fulfilling life. Donating and joining the Autism Speaks team as well as walking for Hudson will help in finding the missing pieces of autism. We will continue to walk and raise money each year for Hudson and for a brighter future for all those affected by autism.
Please join us in our fight to make a difference in not only Hudson's life but the lives of the more than 1 million Americans living and struggling with autism today.Thank you for taking an important step in the fight against autism.Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.Autism Speaks 501 (C)(3) Tax Id #: 20-2329938Matching gift program: Many companies provide their employees with matching gifts. Please consult your employer on its matching gift guidelines and attach matching gift forms accordingly.Click below to DONATE to and BE one of HUDSON’S HEROES
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