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AUTISM SOCIETY OF AMERICA

Our 5th Annual Autism Walk! WALKER REGISTRATION WITH A TSHIRT ORDER! Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Donations as of November 26, 2014:

$0.00 Raised Offline
$1,265.00 Raised Online
$1,265.00 Total Raised

Carter Koch's Page

Hi Everyone!

Thank you for visiting Carter's fundraising page!  As many of you know, our 4 year old son, Carter, was diagnosed with Autism in October of 2010.  Since then, our family has jumped into the autism world.  Carter is on a special diet, with no wheat and no dairy, so we make most of his meals from scratch.  He receives speech and occupational therapy 3 times a week.  We have been able to take him to a world reknowned autism specialist in Chicago.  Carter will most likely be attending a private preschool, Hiawatha Day School, through the summer.  Carter gets injections of specially formulated B-12 injections every 3 days.  We have undergone numerous Sensory Integration Therapy programs and have attended many Autism Conferences, and even got to meet Temple Grandin!

Carter has GREATLY improved and is attending preschool with all of the other kids his age.  His language has DRAMATICALLY improved, at a rate that has even shocked his speech therapist.  Carter is a very visual learner, and is now teaching himself to read!  He just tested out of occupational therapy, since he can ride a bike and write his name better than a lot of 4 year olds.  He still however, enjoys cracking eggs onto the floor and running away from us outside ;-)  He is truly a one of a kind, sweet, loving, awesome kid.

We are fortunate enough to be one of the very small percentiles of families whose health insurance actually pays for most of our speech and occupational therapy sessions.  Carter has 156 sessions a year.  Most people's health insurance does not pay for any sessions, and some pay for 12 per year.

Aside from that, all of the other treatments and things that I mentioned we have been doing have been paid for out of our own pocket.  We are so thankful every single day that we have been able to do this for our little man!  Local 125 and AFLAC have both been godsends in regards to our earnings, and the Local has amazing insurance coverage.  AFLAC has allowed me the flexibility to be able to still keep a successful career and be able to take Carter to his various appointments each week.

Unfortunately, not everyone is as blessed as our family.  Many people cannot afford to do any of the things we have been able to do.  Autism now affects 1 in 110 children and 1 in 70 boys.  More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than AIDS, diabetes, and cancer combined.  Autism is the fastest growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.  Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases.  There is no medical detection or cure for autism.

Last year, we were overwhelmed with support in terms of donations and the 42 people that came to walk with us!  We would love to raise even more money this year, to benefit the Autism Society and other families with children on the autism spectrum.  The organization provides both funding and a network of people to turn to when no one else seems to have the answers.  Please help us make a difference, in Team Carter's name!

Love,

Mandy, Nick, Carter "Bear", and Kendall Koch

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Supporters

Comment Donation
Joshua parise We will be walking here in chicago!!
$25.00
Bob & Denise Enjoy the walk & go Team Carter!
$25.00
Kimberly A Benesh Have a Great Walk!
$10.00
Tim & Jana Dolan Hope you have a great walk, Team Carter!
$25.00
Melissa and Brandon Kurtz
$20.00
Melissa, Maxwell, and Meridith Gray Go Team Carter!!!
$50.00
The Kalm Family
$30.00
Paul and Ashley Jacobs
$25.00
Aunt Izetta and Uncle Gary Good job, Carte!
$50.00
Mark, Julie, Jaxon and Jacob Flitsch You go Carter!!!!
$20.00
Great Grandma Atkins
$25.00
Ron, Kate, Brody, Annie, and Travis Go Team Carter!!
$25.00
Casey, Tom, Avery &Ryder
$30.00
Steve Kleinendorst Love you Carter.
$25.00
Nate, Judith, David, Jasmine Power
$100.00
Megan Bruns Happy to help the cause
$50.00
Brian Dingbaum Glad to help a great cause!
$25.00
Aunt Seal love you Carter Thomas
$30.00
matt weekly good to see so much support for the cause.
$25.00
Source One Heating and Cooling LLC.
$40.00
Mark Anthony Wish I could be there with you!
$25.00
Grandpa Kevin and Grandma Marcia Honeybadger don't care! Love you, Bear.
$100.00
Josie Short
$50.00
sam,sabrina,savannah,garret
$40.00
Jennifer Dingbaum and Grant Varo LoveYou, what an amazing family - truly inspiring!
$25.00
Grandma Linda and Grandpa Tom Love you, Carter! Grandma Linda and Grandpa Tom
$100.00
Jane Pottebaum
$50.00
Teresa, Matt, Emma, Evalyn & Estelle Lookin' forward to the walk!
$25.00
Jim and Sue Have a great Walk!
$30.00
Aunt Shell, Uncle Andy, Lucy, Sloanie Love you, Carter!
$40.00
Marty Quint Have fun at the walk!
$25.00
Jeff Steen
$25.00
Sheri and Roger Dingbaum Love and miss ya Carter
$30.00
Debbie Kleinendorst Go Team Carter!
$25.00
Alissa Power GO TEAM CARTER!
$20.00

Donation Summary

Raised Offline
$0
Raised Online
$1,265
Total Raised
$1,265