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