Good morning everyone,
It’s that time of year where we’re asking for you to give to the Vancouver Walk for Autism Speaks; on Sunday October 6th at 10am we will again be doing our fundraising for this great cause! Last year we were the top fundraisers in BC thanks to your generous support and your donations went to a great cause as the Pacific Autism Family Centre (PAFC) in Richmond continues to evolve into one of North American’s leading autism treatment centers. This state of the art facility is designed to bring together families and individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder with professionals and researchers to build a better community for those affected with ASD.
Noah is 12 years old now and he is going into grade 7 at Semiahmoo Trail Elementary with high school just a year away! He has come a long way since his first Autism Walk in 2009. After being diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) in early 2009, Noah was diagnosed with Leukemia in March 2010 which, after 3 years of chemo, he has overcome. Since then Noah’s learning skills have improved dramatically, his conversational skills are coming along well, he is reading, spelling and learning math at a grade 3 level. Noah is also a very active kid; ice skating, riding his bike, basketball, Challenger baseball and he is a member of his elementary school badminton team too!
A huge reason for Noah’s amazing progress has been his ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) team and the fact that we are fortunate enough to be able to afford for 40 – 50 hours a week of therapy/tutoring. Unfortunately, there are many children who are not as fortunate as Noah and this is why it’s so important that we raise money so that other children, and families, can benefit from the programs Noah has benefitted from. We hope that Noah’s story can inspire others to donate to this year’s Walk so that we can have more success stories just like Noah’s!
Thank you as always for your generous support!