Friends & family,
It's been two years since our six year old son, William, was diagnosed with autism. His diagnosis of autism came years after he had started receiving services to help him develop at the rate of other kids his age. Unlike many families who have a child with autism, we knew he was at risk because he has a genetic disorder for which autism and cognitive delays are very common. We have been so fortunate to be connected to a team at Memorial School in Medfield, at Children's Hospital, and in our community that have worked with us to ensure William is able to achieve his highest potential.
William is one of the hardest working children I know and I am so proud of him for everything he has accomplished! William continues to show us that being a little quirky and seeing the world from a different perspective isn't just ok, it is amazing!
Through this past year, there have been events that are seemless for other families that we've found more challenging than we ever anticipated. In the end, we wouldn't change things for the world. William gives me insight into the world that I would never have appreciated otherwise. I am so happy that he is my son.
I am running the Falmouth Road Race again this year to support my son, William, and other children who have autism. Our family is so fortunate to have access to resources that have helped William thrive. The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism provides funding for direct services, family based services, recreational opportunities, education, and advocacy to improve the quality of life for individuals and families on the spectrum. We know how important these services are for families with autism.
Many thanks for your support -- and please forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!
Love, Tanya, Brian, Aidan, William, Keenan, and Nanouk ~Tanya's 4 legged training buddy