Very heartwarming. Thanks for sharing.
My prayers go out to you and yours. I watched it and was shocked at the numbers. And the whole waiting 2 or more years blew me away. What a very touching video. I sent it to everyone on my contacts list.
Well, they mentioned on Day two of the golf telecast that Ernie Els came out this week and revealed his son has autism. He has decided to do his part to increase awareness and thus, among other things, is the reason he put "Autism Speaks" on his bag.
I don't really know. I didn't actually watch the tournament yesterday, but I heard about his announcement of it this week on Golf Central last evening. They didn't say much more. According to his website, his son Ben is 4 years old, but who knows when that info was last updated.
Here's a link to the family info on his official site:
It's interesting to read some of the stuff they say about their son, knowing now about the autism.
Carla's son, Mark (15) has Autism. He's a great, lovable, intelligent kid. The EASIEST 15 year old I've ever dealt with!!!! He lives with us, and Carla drives him to a speacial Charter School in Orlando every day, 45 minutes each way... She went through hell for about 10 years dealing 24/7 with his behavior issues, drug free... Now, at 15, he will never drive a car, or hold a regular job, and will likely be with us for as long as we are alive, but he is the best kid I've ever met, and we love him to death...
He's a fantastic cartoonist (following his mom's talents as a fine artist). Of course his favorite subject, as a 15 year old male, is zombies, chainsaws, guns, and guitars...
In case you're interested, we've gotten a family membership to ur local shooting range, and with hundreds of hours of practice playing Halo III, Mark is an EXCEPTIONALLY good shot. With extremely good supervision, he shoots my Buck Mark 22, and has shot Mom's P226. He loves it, and has his tragets prominently displayed on his walls, like me and his mom in our office...
Yes, and Autistic who shoots...
We went to a $50 per plate fundraiser last night here in Orlando, and the filled a ball room at the Gaylord Palms Hotel, around 1000 guests... for a school with 250 students, and 127 staff!!!! Yes, it's a 1 to 2 ratio of staff to kids!
READ, LEARN, and SUPPORT... 1 in 150 IS a HUGE number... Something we HAVE to get control of.
Forward this video to EVERYBODY... Someone with Autism WILL impact everyone you know within the next few years, it is that big.
Here's more on Ernie Els coming forward about his son and his teaming up with Autism Speaks. http://sports.espn.go.com/golf/news/...=GOLFHeadlines
from Chevrolet via Scott Settlemeyer this morning:
Good morning, Camaro Comrades and Firebird Friends --
April is Autism Awareness Month – and Chevrolet is both proud and honored to partner with “Autism Speaks” to help create awareness of autism and the effects it has on our families.
Did you know that Autism is more common than pediatric cancer, diabetes and AIDS -- COMBINED??
It occurs in all racial, ethnic, and social groups and is four times more likely to strike in boys than girls.
A new case of autism is diagnosed every 20 minutes!!
How can you help?
Simply go to www.chevrolet.com -- and then click on the “Help Chevy Help Autism” banner. Once you do you can then click on “play video” button and receive a quick overview of the New Chevy Malibu. Every time another person watches the video, Chevrolet will make another contribution to “Autism Speaks”
…..and for your time, you’ll receive a free 30-day trial of XM Radio Online…..
Please share with your Club Members, Family, and Friends. Let's show the world that once again, the Camaro/Firebird Community cares.....
It’s one small click that can make a big difference for Autism.
Speaking of Rain Man, check out this video on the real guy, Kim Peek, the Rain Man character was based on. What this guy can do is pretty scary (in a good way).