CREATE YOUR SHIRT & CHANGE A LIFE

Guitars for Good II Group 3

October 22 - November 04

School of Rock: New Braunfels

School of Rock New Braunfels’s music teachers are experienced musicians devoted to helping students attain musical proficiency. From singing to drums to guitar, our New Braunfels music instructors inspire and teach students to perform live.

SOS Children's Villages USA

SOS Children's Villages builds loving, stable families for orphaned, abandoned and other vulnerable children in 135 countries, including the United States. We are the largest non-governmental organization dedicated to the care of orphaned and abandoned children, with 70 years of expertise.

Our comprehensive approach — preventing child abandonment, offering long-term care for children in need and empowering young people with the resources to reach their full potential — transforms the lives of millions of children and families worldwide each year.

Muscular Distrophy Association: Austin Texas

Families are at the heart of MDA's mission. We wake up every morning to create more hope and answers for families living with muscular dystrophy and related diseases that take away physical strength and mobility. We do this by finding research breakthroughs across diseases, caring for kids and adults from day one and empowering families with services and support in hometowns across America.

Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas

Our Vision is a world in which all members, including those with Down syndrome, are accepted, valued for their uniqueness, respected for their abilities and contributions, and assured the opportunity and choice to create their own path to fulfillment and success.

Our Mission is to provide education, support, and resources to individuals with Down syndrome, their families and professionals and the community while building public awareness and acceptance of the abilities of individuals with Down syndrome.
Pickin' For Preemies Benefit Concert

Pickin' for Preemies is a Texas Red Dirt Country Music Event benefiting Cook Children's tiniest patients in their Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

In 2005, after their own personal experience, Justin and Casey Frazell had an idea to combine their love for red dirt music with their passion to help premature babies. Thanks to the advanced care provided by Cook Children's, the Frazells are able to watch their 11 and 14 year old children live healthy, happy lives.

Thanks to advances in neonatal medicine, technologies, excellent outcomes and donor funding, Cook Children's neonatal program is nationally recognized and state certified at the highest level. As the only Level IV NICU in Tarrant County, Cook Children's has the technology and expertise to treat the sickest babies with the most difficult and complex diagnoses.

More than 1,000 babies are admitted to our NICU each year. Cook Children's uses 600 specialized preemie diapers a day in the NICU, an average of 219,000 diapers a year! However, diapers are just one of many components to caring for these fragile babies. They also need specialized equipment, beds and medicines to name a few.

This year, we will have over a dozen Texas Red Dirt artists donate their time to raise money for the cause, live auction, chance drawing opportunities and tons of fun at Billy Bob's Texas!

Fourteen years later, Pickin' for Preemies has grown from an idea into a tradition. Imagine the relief families feel knowing, with your support, they can receive the best care possible for their tiny Texans right in their own backyard.
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    Julia

    16 yrs old

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    Griffin

    15 yrs old

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    Nick & Presley

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    Gunter

    13 yrs old

Julia is in 10th grade at West High School in Madison, Wisconsin. An honor roll student with autism, Julia loves her classes in pottery, computer illustration, choir and earth science. Her favorite way of working on social skills is cheering for the West High Regents. After school, she likes to watch Voltron Legendary Defenders and draw the paladin, Pidge.

Griffin has a passion for classical music and retro video games. He also loves playing the piano, swimming, and making art. Because of his Aspergers diagnose, he views the world in a unique and amazing way. He has difficulty with the concept of death and he loves animals, so he came up with the phrase "Pick two flowers with one hand" to replace "Kill two birds with one stone." He hopes to one day be a video game designer and composer. There is no doubt he will accomplish anything he puts his mind to! Griffin's mom, Missy, started a Facebook page What Will This Day Bring? that is dedicated to her blog about life with Griffin.

Presley is 17 years old and has been a student at Beyond Autism for three years. Our resident artist, you will often find Presley drawing at her desk. She loves all things Disney and frequents Disneyland as often as she can. Presley enjoys Lady Gaga and loves to dance!

Nick is 16 years old and loves to make others happy. His favorite song, Three little birds by Bob Marley, truly captures Nick’s easy going approach to life! Nick loves skateboarding, scootering and plays baseball at Miracle League. He has been a student at Beyond Autism since its inception in 2014.

Gunter was diagnosed at age 4 with Asperger’s Syndrome, a condition related to Autism. Although quirky, Gunter is loved by many due to his caring heart. In elementary school, Gunter helped found an anti-bullying club to help encourage his peers to embrace their differences. His love for helping others also led him to create a lemonade stand over the past summer with over half of his proceeds being set aside for charity, a concept that has been adopted by his younger brother now as well. Gunter and his brothers also love to provide meals to the homeless when possible and that is why Gunter has elected to attempt to raise money for Cloud Covered Streets. Helping another human off of the streets is Gunter’s goal for 2017.


Guitars for Good II Group 2

October 08 - October 21

American Aquarium and Christopher's USA Fish are raising money for:

Tammy Lynn Center

Founded in 1969, Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities empowers families and enriches the lives of children and adults through education, community and support services. We provide hope and opportunities for individuals to learn, live and grow to their fullest potential.

Dalton Domino and Jaxon's guitar art are collecting money for:

Heartstrings Foundation

Our Goal is to help heal hearts through the power of music & our main focus is working with veterans and children with special circumstances.

Music is an extremely powerful tool we use to express Love, Unity, Heartache, Happiness & Strength. Music gives power to the powerless, courage to those living in fear, the broken the ability to put the pieces back and most importantly heal those with broken hearts!!

Fans can select from a list of Artists and make a donation to Heartstrings Foundation through our donation packages.

In return receive a meet and greet with the Artist they have selected. During the meet and greet fans will be given an autographed guitar. An additional guitar will be given to a Veteran or Child on behalf of the Artist and Fan.

Sarah Ross and Griffin's dog artwork is in support of:

Wilderwood Service Dogs

Wilderwood specializes in providing service dogs specifically trained to handle the challenges of Spectrum Disorders and other neurological impairments.

Mike and the Moonpies and Tommy's tour bus art is raising money for:

The Children's Heart Foundation: Texas Chapter

The Children's Heart Foundation, Texas Chapter has been developed by a group of loving and dedicated moms, whose lives have been dramatically changed with the knowledge of their child and/or children’s new medical needs. We hope that with this new information, fellow parents with “heart children” will still find a sense of hope and encouragement.

We encourage family, friends and those interested in joining us in the fight to change our children’s lives can join us here at The Children’s Heart Foundation, Texas Chapter.

Courtney Patton and Griffin's "I just need a shove" design is collecting for:

Rebuild Texas Fund

Hurricane Harvey was an unprecedented natural disaster that requires an unprecedented effort in recovery. Your contribution will help people, organizations, and businesses recover and rebuild in the impacted communities in Texas. The funds raised will be fully deployed by the end of 2019.

We all thank you for your support!
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    Jaxon

    14 yrs old

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    Griffin

    15 yrs old

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    Tommy

    6 yrs old

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    Christopher

    31 yrs old

Jaxon "Jax" is a 14 year old high school freshman from Muenster, a small North Texas town with German roots. Jax has many hobbies which include building Lego architecture inspired by places all around the world, playing video games on his Nintendo Switch, drawing, baking, as well as reading comic books. Jax also loves playing and spending time with his dog and buddy, Smokey. Jaxon has been raised to spread kindness and accept others for their differences. He knows that God makes everyone different and that everyone has different talents. When he grows up, Jaxon would like to use his art and design talents to become a computer animator.

Griffin has a passion for classical music and retro video games. He also loves playing the piano, swimming, and making art. Because of his Aspergers diagnose, he views the world in a unique and amazing way. He has difficulty with the concept of death and he loves animals, so he came up with the phrase "Pick two flowers with one hand" to replace "Kill two birds with one stone." He hopes to one day be a video game designer and composer. There is no doubt he will accomplish anything he puts his mind to! Griffin's mom, Missy, started a Facebook page What Will This Day Bring? that is dedicated to her blog about life with Griffin.

Tommy is six years old and he is much like any other six year old. He loves cars, trucks, trains and planes and he loves to play outside. Although he is much like any six year old boy, he is also very different. He was born with 22q11.2DS – 22q for short. 22q is a partial deletion of the 22 chromosome and it affects every carrier differently with a wide range of symptoms.
In Tommy’s case, he was affected with a heart defect, a cleft lip & palate, a laryngeal web as well as low muscle tone and developmental delays. He has been tube fed the majority of his life and he’s slowly learning how to eat on his own. Because of his many challenges, he has a very busy schedule. He has been receiving therapies multiple times a week since birth and he has had five surgeries to date. He currently goes to developmental school every weekday. In addition, he receives 3-4 therapies a week at home after school. He is very busy, but he continues to work hard like the super hero he is.
Although he has so much on his plate, Tommy is one of the happiest and easiest going kids I have ever met. He loves the movie Wall-E and his favorite past time is playing with his planes. He loves to snuggle and his best friend is his four year old sister, Rosemary. Tommy has a special way of making people in his life happy and he is truly an inspiration to everyone he meets.

Christopher a polite, loving 31 year old who was born with Down Syndrome. Christopher’s gentle soul loves spending time with his family. He is very close to his parents, two beautiful sisters and his brother in laws. Christopher grew up living in the country and was raised on a dairy farm. He has a great love for horses and cows and says “ it’s in his blood.” Christopher takes pride in the act of chivalry, opening doors for men and women of all ages, pushing up chairs and insisting “you” go first, with a big smile on his face. Christopher’s greatest love’s is to dance and listens to a variety of music from Mozart to metal, country, jazz and blues. Christopher will sit for hours playing the piano and enjoys drumming with his dad who is a musician. He also enjoys drawing, painting, swimming, bowling and special Olympics. Christopher adores his girlfriend and dreams of getting married some day. He enjoys going out to eat and attending dances with her and that’s where he can be seen, moon walking and doing the splits on the dance floor. Christopher’s favorite occasion is his birthday but not only his, everyone else’s too. He keeps a calendar with friends, family and extended family’s special dates. He believes we are all so blessed to have one more year of life here on earth.


Guitars for Good II

September 24 - October 07

Variety’s Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children is an all abilities camp for kids with special needs in Killeen, Texas. At VPKRC, we define special needs broadly, believing that most people have a difference of some sort that requires a little extra support and is a unique part of who they are. Last year, our organization served over 6000 kids from across Texas and beyond.

Through our Summer Camp program, we partner with other non-profit organizations and hospitals to bring together kids who have a shared visible or invisible difference. We partner with Texas Scottish Rite Hospital to host HD1.5 and HD2, a pre-teen weekend retreat and a teen weeklong summer camp for kids with hand differences. By attending camp, these kiddos grow up connected to peers who understand what it’s like for them to navigate their every day lives with a hand difference. Many of these campers are the only kid in their school or small town with their difference or diagnosis, so having friends who look like them and understand what it’s like to live with their difference is life changing. At VPKRC, kids are able to embrace their difference as part of their identity and thrive in an environment that says “Yes, you can. How can we help?”

Amy's Dream Team is a group of volunteers that go to PKRC each spring to help ready the camp for summer camps by cleaning, painting, organizing, building, digging, pulling weeds, doing laundry and/or just about anything PKRC needs. Our group has been going to PKRC for 15 years to volunteer our time, sweat and money to this deserving organization and the special kids it serves. Families work side by side and parents are able to teach their children at a young age the importance of giving to others not as fortunate and how volunteering can bring so much joy to others as well as themselves.

The Graham County Rehabilitation Center is in the business of helping people reach their full potential. We contract with the Department of Economic Security / Division of Developmental Disabilities to support qualifying individuals in reaching their independence goals including employment and residential services. GCRC is the only locally incorporated and locally operated non-profit in Graham County providing services to those with a Developmental Disability. For more information about the services that GCRC provides visit the link above called Programs.
GCRC operates the largest Thrift Store in Graham County. In these difficult economic times, GCRC is able to act as a broker for resalable household items, accepting quality items that are not longer being used, and making them available at affordable prices. This exchange of goods helps to stretch the dollar of local citizens and provides a tax deduction for the donor. The Thrift Store link above provides more information about the GCRC thrift store.
Reduce Identity Theft - GCRC operates the only secure document destruction facility in Graham County. If you have ever had your personal information misused by someone else, you know firsthand the amount of time and expense involved in trying to repair the damage to your reputation and personal finances. It is a relatively small price to pay to know that your personal information is being properly destroyed. The GCRC Shredding facility is capable of shred 100 file boxes per day and will pick up boxes from your location. For more information about document destruction follow the Secure Shredding link.
Help those in need - GCRC workes with many other local non-profits as well as private individuals to help ensure the welfare of all Graham County Citizens. GCRC regularly donates clothing and other household items to families in need, and to other community service agencies as a part of helping them to fulfill thier mission. It is a part of our mission to help not just the members we serve, but thee entire comunity to move forward with hope.

Variety the Children's Charity of Texas and the Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children was established in 1984 in memory of Charles Schreiner V, son of Mary Helen and Charlie Schreiner IV and grandson of Daurice and Jim Bowmer. Charles Schreiner V (also known as Baby Charlie) was born with a congenital heart defect, and after a courageous battle for almost a year, he passed away at the age of eleven months. Baby Charlie spent nearly all of his eleven months of life in the hospital and his grandparents wanted to create a place where children could get away from the hospital with their families for a few days and just be a part of nature. The Bowmers started Baby Charlie’s Fishing Camp and they, along with Mary Helen and Charlie, brought children and their parents from nearby Scott & White Hospital to fish on the Lampasas River.

The fishing camp grew, and the Bowmer family expanded and started what is now Variety’s Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children on 120 acres adjacent to the Lampasas River. The retreat serves over 5,000 children with chronic illnesses and special needs each year. The children participate in three programs at the retreat: Summer Camp Program, Weekend Program or Environmental Education Program.
Mission: Variety of Texas impacts children with special needs and their families by providing resources and empowering experiences.

American Therapeutic Riding Center or ATRC provides opportunities for people with varying ability levels and physical disabilities to challenge themselves physically and emotionally by setting goals to improve quality of life through equine facilitated therapy.

Founded in 2007 by Kenneth and Vickie Burkett, The American Therapeutic Riding Center (ATRC) is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization and a PATH Center Member (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship). ATRC opened to the public in August of 2008.

Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas
What is the Mission of the Down Syndrome Guild (DSG)? To provide accurate and current information, resources, and support for people with Down syndrome, their families and the community.

What is the Vision of the DSG? People with Down syndrome - valued and included.

Who is Served by the DSG? We serve individuals with Down syndrome, their families, and the community, including educators, health professionals, and others.

In an effort to better support the mission statement of the Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas ("DSG"), which is "to provide accurate and current information, resources and support for people with Down syndrome, their families and the community," all social programming events sponsored by the DSG will be offered to people with Down syndrome and their families. Social event attendees must be active members of the DSG and have a diagnosis of Down syndrome.

What Services Does the DSG Provide? The DSG offers parent-to-parent support to families with new babies, young children, school-age children, and adults with Down syndrome through personal visits, information packets, and social gatherings. A trained Guild member is part of the team at the Down Syndrome Clinic at Children's Medical Center, which provides comprehensive care for children with Down syndrome and their families. DSG monthly newsletters contain information about area activities and services, as well as articles on medical, educational, developmental, and social topics. The DSG has an extensive free lending library with current books and information for members. The DSG hosts an annual conference with nationally recognized speakers that is attended by parents, educators, and health professionals. Each year, the DSG offers a series of seminars to help families with various aspects of life with a child with Down syndrome. Volunteers advocate at every opportunity for greater inclusion of people with Down syndrome in the community. Printed material such as our monthly newsletters and new parent information packets are available in both English and Spanish. Translators are provided at events when requested. Social events, such as our annual family picnic, "Snackin' with Santa," youth, teen, and adult activities provide opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome and their families to socialize in a safe and fun atmosphere.
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    Justin

    38 yrs old

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    Jayce

    18 yrs old

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    Logan

    11 yrs old

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    Matthue

    5 yrs old

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    Jackie

Justin is 38 years old and works at a wood shop in a supported vocational program in Tucson, Arizona.  Justin loves to exercise, draw pictures, listen to music, and anything fireman related.  He is close with his family (especially his uncles!) and enjoys spending time with them while rock climbing and canoeing.  Justin has a dog, Koty, and two cats, Jacob Marley and Jordin Sparks.  Justin has a diagnosis of Down Syndrome with Autism Spectrum Disorder but his disability certainly does not define him!!

Jayce was diagnosed with High-Functioning Autism when he was 3 years old, while his father was deployed in support of Iraqi Freedom. He recently turned 18, and though he is nervous about adulthood, he has really come into his own. He wants to go to college to get a degree in Art and Computer Animation, and work in animation. His short-term goals are to get through high school and to get his learner's permit, and then driver's license. He loves all animals, but especially his cats, Wheezy and Cleo. He also enjoys comic books, Yu-gi-oh, anime, and movies.

This is Logan Schultz! He is 11 years old and in 5th grade. Logan loves to play baseball, football, basketball and video games. He drew this masterpiece from the outline of his left hand print. Logan was born with complex syndactyly in which his fingers did not fully separate on his left hand. His unique difference makes him even more special. From a very young age, Logan has had the confidence, determination and joy for life to never let anything slow him down. Logan especially loves attending Hand Camp where he spends one weekend with all his friends that share hand differences too. Hand Camp has done wonders for Logan, his family and thousands of others. May we all embrace our differences, whether visible or not, and be proud of our unique selves!

This is Mathue, a very special 5 year old boy, and he created art for his favorite Texas country musician, Koe Wetzel. Mathue loves spending time with his family, playing games, playing drums and guitar, spinning, drawing, and especially swimming. He has non-verbal Autism and uses an iPad to communicate, which allows him to show everyone he meets how very smart, curious, sweet, and funny he is.

Jackie has been an Arizona resident since 1975 and a resident at The Centers for Habilitation (TCH) since 1997. Art has been an important part of Jackie’s world for a long time, and she has become an excellent representative of and eager participant in TCH’s Unique Boutique, a program in which she and some of her peers with developmental disabilities create artwork for sale onsite and in community markets. Jackie is known for her careful attention to detail, and for the joy she takes in her finished products!

In addition to her participation in the Unique Boutique, Jackie loves to shop, eat out, and advocate for herself and others with disabilities. Her friendly and thoughtful personality is readily evident – when she isn’t busy, she can often be found making gifts and cards for the people she loves.


Elena & Mark Help the Homeless

September 10 - September 23

The art for this campaign is depicting the amazing couple that met on the TV show, Big Brother: Mark Jansen and Elena Davies. They met when they were both cast on season 19 of Big Brother, they now have bought a house together and are very much in love. They both have a HUGE heart for the homeless and when they heard about us not receiving the shower trailer, they both wanted to do something to make sure the homeless get a free and safe place to shower, wash their clothes, get haircuts, and get employment working on the trailer! Elena has been a big supporter of the helping the homeless and wants to help Cloud Covered Streets. Elena was crushed to hear we didn't get the shower trailer we had been told we were being given, and she wants to help us make sure we have enough to build our own.


Cloud Covered Streets came about from me just driving around Phoenix and seeing those that live on the streets wearing dirty clothes, often with holes and tattered. I thought to myself that I own a clothing company and I had to do something to help. So I went and ordered a ton of shirts, put the Paper Clouds Apparel logo on them (that is my clothing business) and was going to hit the streets and pass them out. Then I started thinking more on the idea and wanted to give these people more than just a shirt, I wanted to give them all a handwritten letter of hope. Who knows how long it has been since any of these people received anything like that. So I posted on the Paper Clouds Apparel social media pages and soon letters were pouring in from all across the country. About the same time I was hanging out in the tattoo shop run by my good friend Bee DeVille as my friends Andrew Cooper and Shane Britt were getting new tattoos. We got onto the topic of how we were all men who believe in God and a higher power but we also tend to cuss, fight, and carry on from time to time. The saying “I love Jesus but I cuss a little” came up. At that moment I decided to put that phrase on a shirt and surprise a bunch of my friends with these shirts at a show they were having at RockBar, my buddies are country musicians.

At the show I was passing out shirts and people started approaching us wearing the shirts and asking where they could buy one. A light bulb went off in my head and I realized I could sell these shirts and 100% of the proceeds would go to clothing and helping the homeless. At this same concert I was approached by a young lady named Brie Marok and she told me that she wanted to help with passing out the shirts and in any other way I need it. So a week later we went out on our first mission to look for those in need and to get them a shirt and a letter of hope. One of the first people we encountered was a man we saw in a park and at the time he had no shirt on. We approached him and earned his name was Daniel and that all his clothes had been stolen a week ago. So when we gave him a shirt, that was literally his only article of clothing. Daniel put his head in his hands and started to cry tears of joy when we gave him a new shirt. It was a moment I will never forget and gave me validation that what I was doing was important.

-Robert Thornton
cloudcoveredstreets.org
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    Griffin

    15 yrs old

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    Justin

    38 yrs old

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    CCS

    20 yrs old

Griffin has a passion for classical music and retro video games. He also loves playing the piano, swimming, and making art. Because of his Aspergers diagnose, he views the world in a unique and amazing way. He has difficulty with the concept of death and he loves animals, so he came up with the phrase "Pick two flowers with one hand" to replace "Kill two birds with one stone." He hopes to one day be a video game designer and composer. There is no doubt he will accomplish anything he puts his mind to! Griffin's mom, Missy, started a Facebook page What Will This Day Bring? that is dedicated to her blog about life with Griffin.

Justin is 38 years old and works at a wood shop in a supported vocational program in Tucson, Arizona.  Justin loves to exercise, draw pictures, listen to music, and anything fireman related.  He is close with his family (especially his uncles!) and enjoys spending time with them while rock climbing and canoeing.  Justin has a dog, Koty, and two cats, Jacob Marley and Jordin Sparks.  Justin has a diagnosis of Down Syndrome with Autism Spectrum Disorder but his disability certainly does not define him!!

This Cloud Covered Street design has been designed by a very special person that prefers to remain nameless. This piece helps broadcast one of the core messages of Cloud Covered Streets, to Be The Good!


Poets Who Help

August 27 - September 09

This campaign we have a group of incredibly talented writers from Instagram who all have decided to help raise money for charities by donating their poetry for us to print on our merch! The charities are as varied as the artists, and they all support great causes.

Tiffany Aurora:

Tiffany has partnered with us to raise money for United Angels Foundation.

The United Angels Foundation (UAF) is a non-profit, parent-to-parent support group. The primary mission of the foundation is to support parents and families of children with special needs. We do this through three main focuses: Interaction, Education, and Resources. Examples of these include: newborn visits; parent lunches; online chat forums; youth and family activities; parent education seminars; and much more. As our name indicates, we view these special children as Angels. UAF believes that the most effective way to support these Angels is by supporting the parents and guardians who are raising them. We believe that creating a collaborative and inclusive environment will ultimately help to promote the healthy development of the individual child. Parent- to-parent support can be the key to helping a new parent understand and embrace the opportunities and challenges a child with special needs brings into their life.with special needs through three main focuses: Interaction, Education, and Resources. Examples of these includes: newborn visits, parent lunches, online chat forums, youth.

Vivi Dale:

Vivi Dale has collaborated with us to raise money for Autism Society: San Diego

The Autism Society San Diego County is a non-profit organization which originated in 1966 as the National Society of Autistic Children. It served to unite and inform parents on new revelations concerning intervention therapy.

Today, the Autism Society San Diego serves as the voice and resource of the local autism community. The Society members include autistic individuals and their parents, relatives, friends, advocates, medical professionals and educators throughout San Diego County and beyond.

Our Board of Directors has, throughout its extensive history, been comprised of a diverse mix of both autistic individuals and their family members as well as professional experts in the field of autism. Every Board Member regardless of background or position serve the Society on a volunteer basis.

​As an affiliate of the national organization, the Autism Society of America, we share in their mission of improving the lives of all affected by autism by promoting meaningful participation and self-determination for autistic individuals and their families. We work diligently to ensure we support and amplify the voices of autistic individuals within our organization and throughout our community. For autistic individuals in need we offer extensive financial support for our programs and membership.

m.firechild:

M.Firechild has allied herself with our cause to support those in need, her chosen charity is Jessica's House

Jessica’s House provides support in a safe place for children, teens, young adults and their families grieving a death because no one should grieve alone.

We provide a safe, caring place where you can share your story, and we create an environment that enables you to find your own path through your recovery process. We’re here to let you know that through it all, you are never alone.

Jessie Michelle:

Jessie Michelle has teamed up with PCA to raise money for Just People, Inc.

In the fall of 1995, after many years of volunteering and working with programs that benefited adults with developmental disabilities, Becky found a need for the group of high functioning adults who fell between the cracks to have a social opportunity and a safe choice in a place to live. Everyone with varying disabilities seemed to be pooled together in programs where abilities were not being used and the consumers who were high functioning were not given the opportunities that they had the ability to accomplish. Consumers also seemed to have providers of services from several different programs that did not work together as a team to develop the best plan for the consumer. Like most people, if you have a problem at home it effects you job, if you have a problem at work it effects your ability to socialize, if you are disabled you ability to socialize is limited because of monies, not being able to drive, not being able to read, not understanding cost and being depended on family to get you involved or out in the community. Then there is the population of people who have no family to help them with these areas of their lives.

The program was meant to be Becky’s way of helping a small group of adults she had worked with in several other programs but very quickly became one of the largest programs in Georgia. After all, this one had a friend that needed help, his family had a family that needed help, my neighbor was looking for services and so on and so on. Very quickly a program that was run out of her home for 15 people had grown to where it is today (2014) with over 250 consumers, 68 staff, 8 buses, 21 vehicles, 20,000 feet of office space and day services, an Independent Living Setting which includes 2 apartment complexes that house primarily adults with DD, Mental Illness or Head Injuries, a Thrift Store that provides job skills training and furnishings for apartments, a Job Development Program, a Sports Program, a family support group (“Just” Families), a Consumer Rights Committee, a Board of Directors and a Day Program. The Social Program, which was the first program, provides opportunities for people to get out into the community doing all the things people do: movies, sports events, concerts, weekend trips, vacations, fairs, go out to dinner, meetings, clubs and parties. These activities are every weekend and are done in small groups or large groups and most important with friends and support people.

“Just” People has had 5 weddings since inception which meets an Emotional Need that so many people have; someone to love and share life with. Becky found while growing up with a parent with a Mental Illness that loneliness was the reason her father wasn’t a success in society’s eyes. His disability kept him from driving and working. Family and neighbors treated not only him but the whole family different.

Becky feels her ability to understand her consumers and their family’s needs are because of her growing up years. She raised her 3 children with acceptance, respect and love for people who are different. All 3 children, their spouses and their children have been involved with “Just” People to so degree. In fact, when meeting most of the group you will hear,” Becky is my second mom.” Putting all services under one umbrella has proven to be the key to much of the success of “JP”. A team is developed that works together to make sure all areas of the individual’s lives are on the same page. The pieces are in place to provide a safe environment to live, support services that meet the needs of the individual, a feeling of family and friends, and the attitude around the program is: BE PROUD OF WHO YOU ARE!

Caroline White:

Caroline White has shared her journey with us all, and now she is sharing her art to raise money for Beyond Autism.

Our attitude here at Beyond Autism is simple. We are all here because we want to improve our students' lives and know that it takes a team approach. Although we all possess different skills and abilities, it’s our compassion and desire to enhance their lives that allows us to work synergistically.

Our qualified team members possess the technical competencies necessary to teach children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. In addition to extensive ABA training and experience, our team will receive quarterly in-services, including non-ABA based training. “Always a student” is our mantra and that applies to our team members too. We will strive to support the continued growth of our team through pertinent educational opportunities.

Our commitment is to our students, their families and our team members. We are driven to ensure that Beyond Autism grows smartly with an exceptional work ethic and high energy that will ensure its longevity.
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    Tiffany Aurora

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    Vivi Dale

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    m.firechild

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    Jessie Michelle

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    Caroline White

Tiffany is a wonderful artist, writer, and poet on Instagram. You can find her work at @t.aurora.poetry.

Vivi Dale is an amazing writer and poet on Instagram, you can find her work at @vivi.dale.

Firechild has a fire in her heart for poetry and helping out those in need. She has allowed us to use one of her works to support a charity of her choice and we are happy to have her as a collaborator! You can find her work at @m.firechild.

Jessie Michelle has a wonderful way with words and photos. She is an author, artist, poet, photographer, and so much more. You can find her work at @_jessie.michelle_.

Caroline White creates art with her words; her poetry is raw, and emotional. She shares her journey with us all, you can find it at @cwpoet.


Bacon & Juice Boxes for POAC

August 13 - August 26

In this campaign the star of the show is: Eric. Now navigating his teenage years, he still surprises us daily. The days aren’t always easy. We try to remember the happy and survive the sad. We are blessed with the greatest extended family on the planet. Without their help our family may have crumbled a long time ago. It definitely takes a village.

We love getting to share our journey with all of you — we lovingly refer to as our “Bacon Bits.” It’s like having an enormous super secret and very special extended family. Thanks for sharing your lives with us.
The “Bacon” Family www.baconandjuiceboxes.com

Proceeds will be donated to:
POAC Autism Services

POAC is dedicated to helping children and adults with autism achieve their fullest potential by providing quality education, support and recreation at no cost to participants.

POAC provides free training for parents and educators; free recreational and support services to children and adults with autism and their families; and free training for police and first responders which, we are proud to say, has saved the lives of children with autism all over New Jersey.

Additionally, POAC supports ongoing quality research and promotes legislative issues that impact those with autism and their families. POAC is meeting the needs of those with autism in a very real way every day.
www.poac.net
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    Anna & Eric

    14 yrs old

Anna Turning is a 17 year old full time student and competitive gymnast. She has grown up along side her 14 year old brother, Eric who was diagnosed with autism at age 2.5. She has been involved every step of the way, and has been his best teacher and therapist and also is his biggest fan. She didn’t grow up with the typical sibling experience, and many times has had to make sacrifices about her own wants and needs for the sake of her brother. She is wise beyond her years and has become a vocal advocate for autism awareness with her peers. She regularly volunteers in programs or initiatives for special needs children such as: gymnastics classes, buddy programs and even at therapy centers.

Eric’s favorite place on the planet is Sesame Place- and he loves hugs from his friends: Cookie Monster, Count, Bert and Ernie. At home, Eric’s favorite thing to do is ride his hoverboard. He loves water slides, and jumping waves in a pool or ocean. He just graduated 8th grade and has moved on to a new “high school” for special needs children.

You can read more about the family’s journey at Bacon and Juiceboxes or “Bacon and Juice Boxes” facebook page.


Brendan’s Bucket List

July 30 - August 12

This campaign is raising money for Brendan "Rare Heart" Davies. At two Brendan required a heart transplant, and then developed cancer which he beat, only to recently be diagnosed with a terminal lung condition. All proceeds will go to help Brendan's family give him the quality childhood that he has missed thus far.

Brendan's Story

Brendan is a very unique young man. He is a sweet little boy in the body of a very old man. He was diagnosed with ostial atresia of the left main coronary artery and endocardialfibroelastosis (EFE) when he was 2 1/2 months old. He had his first open heart surgery at 3 months old. He has been through a total of two CABG bypasses, a stenosis repair and ultimately required a heart transplant just before he turned 2 years old. He has had five major heart attacks and has had many smaller events. He also has an unspecified form of dwarfism, chronic lung disease and chronic kidney disease. During the summer of 2017, he spent his whole summer break being tested and they found he acquired post transplant lymperoperative disorder (PTLD) and it manifested as large B cell lymphoma on his left lung in the same area where he has a lot of scar tissue from his never-ending pneumonias. For someone with so much going against him, Brendan is a kid who rarely ever complains. He is a busy and will go until he collapses because he just can't stand to miss a single thing. He loves to laugh and run and play. He likes to think he is a ninja and a wrestling champion. He wants to be a police officer, a firefighter, a trash collector, and a scientist. He has a wicked sense of humor. He has a passion for all foods that are spicy and puts hot sauce on everything. He'd probably put hot sauce on ice cream if I'd let him but I can't stand the thought. He has crazy dance moves he learned from his brothers. He wants to pretend he isn't sick.

As his mom, my whole entire goal now that he is finally getting older (when they weren't really sure he would make it to the age of 2) is to make sure he has a quality life. It is not realistic to think he's going to live forever because even now, behind his shining spirit and active life, his medical team and I are trying to control his blood pressure, his ability to breathe, and balance all his medications. The damage that some of his medications can cause his organs has sort of been held at bay but it's starting to catch up with him. I can't promise quantity, so quality is the goal. I would love to get a portable oxygen condenser for when he starts needing oxygen more consistently, heck, I'd love to get any equipment that insurance won't cover that will make him as mobile as possible. Brendan was switched over to a palliative model of care about two years ago because he's tired of being poked and prodded and he just wants to be outside the walls of the hospital. Palliative care gives him a voice that he wasn't allowed to have because he was "too young" and I was still living in fear of losing him.Palliative care makes it so he can go and spread his infectuous joy and courageous spirit with everyone he meets. He inspires so many people because he is able to just be now and he is just so cool. It's hard to stay in a negative frame of mind when someone so young and so sick can still be bouncing around even though, clinically he's nearly to the point where he could have a major stroke. He doesn't look sick much of the time and that is a testment to his powerful spirit. Brendan loves meeting people and anyone who is willing to get down to his level is offically good people in his mind. He is wise beyond his years and empathetic and just wants everyone to have fun in life with him. We are grateful to be part of this campaign to raise funds and awareness for other's trials and journeys as well.

Sincerely,

Brendan's mom,

Genevieve Davies
https://www.facebook.com/search/str/Personal+Website/keywords_pages/?ref=page_about_category
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    Brendan

    7 yrs old

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    Paper Clouds

Excerpt from Brendan's Story: Brendan is a very unique young man; he is a sweet little boy in the body of a very old man. He was diagnosed with ostial atresia of the left main coronary artery and endocardialfibroelastosis (EFE) when he was 2 1/2 months old. He had his first open heart surgery at 3 months old. He has been through a total of two CABG bypasses, a stenosis repair and ultimately required a heart transplant just before he turned 2 years old. He has had five major heart attacks and has had many smaller events. He also has an unspecified form of dwarfism, chronic lung disease and chronic kidney disease. During the summer of 2017, he spent his whole summer break being tested and they found he acquired post transplant lymperoperative disorder (PTLD) and it manifested as large B cell lymphoma on his left lung in the same area where he has a lot of scar tissue from his never-ending pneumonias.

For someone with so much going against him, Brendan is a kid who rarely ever complains. He is a busy boy and will go until he collapses because he just can't stand to miss a single thing. He loves to laugh and run and play. He likes to think he is a ninja and a wrestling champion. He wants to be a police officer, a firefighter, a trash collector, and a scientist. He has a wicked sense of humor. He has a passion for all foods that are spicy and puts hot sauce on everything. He'd probably put hot sauce on ice cream if I'd let him but I can't stand the thought. He has crazy dance moves he learned from his brothers. He wants to pretend he isn't sick.

Sincerely,

Brendan's mom,

Genevieve Davies

Any time you purchase a Paper Clouds Logo design, 50% of the proceeds go directly to the charity of that campaign!!


Flash Campaign 2

July 16 - July 29

Our next campaign is a mix of people and we are calling it our Flash Campaign 2 because we got the art so quick and planned the project less than a week ago. This campaign we will be raising money for Team Logan, Arizona Camp Sunrise, Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children, Xia-Gibbs Society, and Brooklinn.

Arizona Camp Sunrise

Arizona Camp Sunrise & Sidekicks is dedicated to providing exciting and fun, medically staffed, year round programs for families who have been affected by childhood cancer.

Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children

Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation whose mission is to provide social, emotional and financial support for families managing the health and well being of a loved one with pediatric cancer. We pride ourselves on providing practical support directly to families.

Xia-Gibbs Society

Xia-Gibbs Syndrome is a genetic disorder caused by a mutation in the AHDC1 gene.

The mutation is 'de novo', which means that it arises spontaneously in the child and is not passed down by either parent.

The condition was discovered in 2014 and already a small number of people around the world have been diagnosed, most of them children. This means that little is known about the condition and how it might affect people in adulthood.

People with Xia-Gibbs Syndrome experience global developmental delay which is thought to lead to intellectual and physical disabilities of varying severity. Some people experience sleep apnea and require breathing support at night, some have seizures. Many require significant care and assistance from their parents and other family members.

While little is yet known about the condition and only a small number of people have been diagnosed, it is likely that there are many more with the syndrome around the world whose families and doctors are simply unaware of the condition and remain without diagnosis.

Brooklinn
Brooklinn was born with profound hearing loss, she wears cochlear implants which are good in small groups, but large groups it is difficult for her to hear and she misses out on things. We are raising money for an FM system that connects her cochlear implants. Whomever is speaking wears a microphone and what they say goes straight to Brooklinn. She LOVES to draw, she doesn’t go anywhere without her sketch pad and colored pencils. When she’s not drawing she loves playing volleyball and is active in 4H where she is her clubs Historian. She shows chickens, cavvy and rabbits. She also does sewing, crafts, photography and wood working. She likes reading Goosebump books and the Dear America book.

Team Logan

As some of you know, Logan was recently diagnosed with a thyroid disorder. Medication is now a part of his daily life, and exercise is going to be a huge part of our routine moving forward. We are lucky enough to have an empty space in our home that we will be converting into Logan's fitness room, and it will be customized to his needs, likes and limitations. He has spinal issues, and therefore will be working with some specialists to make sure everything is perfectly geared toward his health and safety.

So we have brought Logan's Slombie design back out to help him with his needs. Half of the proceeds will go directly towards his medical bills and help him save a little for the future as he cannot find work.
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    Logan

    25 yrs old

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    Aleyna

    6 yrs old

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    Sean

    22 yrs old

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    Brooklinn

    11 yrs old

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    Jeremy

    21 yrs old

Logan is a 25-year-old young man who is living with Hashimoto's and developmental disabilities, including Apraxia. He enjoys riding his trike, bowling, fishing, playing basketball and helping with his many, many animals. His family likes to consider him challenged not limited, and you can find out more about him through Logan's mom, Allyson, chronicles their lives on her Facebook page, The Crumb Diaries.
Logan's designs are raising money for Logan's Fund, a trust fund set up to be set aside for Logan should anything happen to his parents.    

Aleyna is a cancer warrior who has provided us with the lovable Ladybugs. Her battle through cancer has been aided by PeppedUp! and her artistic creation will keep it full circle with 50% of the proceeds going to help other children in need. Her strength can only be matched by her lovable personality!

This is Sean Bowler. Sean is a twenty-two-year-old young man. Sean loves his family and friends. He shows his appreciation for those that care for him every day.
Sean was born at twenty-seven weeks. As he grew, Sean was not meeting his milestones. It was clear that he would need special education services. During his younger years, we were trying to find a diagnosis for Sean in hopes of better understanding his needs, development, and challenges. At six-years-old, Sean was diagnosed with FG Syndrome. With this diagnosis, our family started to make connections with other families with the same diagnosis. Sean’s geneticist at the time was not fully convinced with the diagnosis and after some time we started another search for a diagnosis. In the spring of 2016, Sean was diagnosed with Xia-Gibbs syndrome through genetic testing. At the time of his diagnosis, Sean was the fifth person with a confirmed diagnosed through genetic testing and the twentieth person overall.
As of his twenty-second birthday, Sean began attending an adult day program at Coastal Connections in Amesbury, Massachusetts. This program serves special needs adults of all ages and abilities. Sean refers to Coastal Connections as his “work.” This wonderful program provides academic and vocational opportunities for clients. Over time, Sean will have the opportunity work out in the community.
At home, Sean has his family. He is the older brother of two sisters whom he adores, Abby and Kelsey. Sean gave himself the nickname, Superman. To his family this seems very appropriate. Sean has recently had his third spinal fusion surgery. Currently, Sean is recuperating from this surgery and anxiously awaits his return to work. Feel free to follow us at https://www.facebook.com/Theboysmb/

Brooklinn is 11 years old and lives in Washington State with her mom, dad and sister. She was born with severe to profound hearing loss. By the time she was 3 years old she had lost all her hearing and received her first cochlear implant. When she was 7 years old she received her second cochlear implant. Brooklinn LOVES to draw, she doesn’t go anywhere without her sketch pad and colored pencils. When she’s not drawing she loves playing volleyball and is active in 4H where she is her club's historian. She shows chickens, cavy, and rabbits. She also does sewing, crafts, photography and wood working. She likes reading Goosebumps books and the Dear America book. She loves unicorns and her favorite movies are The Nightmare Before Christmas and Where the Red Fern Grows. Her favorite holiday is Halloween and she loves hanging out with her family and friends. Something that is very unique about Brooklinn is that she has two different colored eyes. One is blue and one is hazel!

Jeremy began his battle with osteosarcoma in December of 2012. Over the course of 9 months, Jeremy went through treatment of high dose chemotherapy and limb salvage surgery. Prior to his diagnosis Jeremy was a welding apprentice for the city of Tempe, which he can not continue due to his metal implant. Looking for a new career path with a desire to help others dealing with side effects from treatment, he developed a product to hopefully help ease anxiety for chemo and blood transfusion patients. He's very excited to help this cause that is close to his heart!


Flash From the Past

July 02 - July 15

The Art of Autism

Our Vision
To empower and connect individuals within the autism community through participation in the Arts.

Our Mission
To foster independence, self-esteem and artistic expression by participation in The Art of Autism Project.

We do this by:

Supporting artists, musicians and creative writers on the autism spectrum
• Providing a forum for displaying, selling and promoting the art of autistic individuals, including visual and fine artists; poets, video/film content providers, singers, and writers
• Providing regular, quality blog posts, essays and newsworthy stories written by autistic writers and others that inform, enlighten and educate.
• Providing a newsletter of potential opportunities for writers and artists on the spectrum to showcase their work
• Creating merchandise – licensed by us from our pool of AoA artists – that support the monetization of both the artists and AoA’s organizational goals.
• Helping artists, writers, and film makers learn new skills through mentorship and developing their entrepreneurship skills

Raising awareness about autism and the arts
• Raising awareness of the importance of the arts as viable tools for learning, growth and expression; especially for autistic artists and their valuable contributions to the world
• Being guided by principles of respect, honesty, openness and willingness to patiently listen to and address diverse points of views, opinions and beliefs with the purpose of continually advocating for the betterment of autistic lives and the systems that support them.

Strengthening the broader autism community
• Encouraging respectful dialogue among collaborating organizations and participants
• Collaborating with like-minded organizations to educate, inspire, and advocate, through neurodiversity panels, educational events, poetry readings, art exhibits, forums, workshops and other types of events.

Our work is inspired by these Values:
• Participant focused
• Appreciation of diversity
• Committed to our mission
• Celebrating and sharing success
• Collaboration
• Passionate about dignity and respect
• A core belief that access to the Arts should be affordable
• Delivery of high-quality products


Fly Free to Be Me

My name is Mike Roberson and I am a private pilot. One Tuesday in January I was out flying and as I left the airport I glanced over at Vidant Medical Center and thought “we should carry sick children flying”. I continued with my day and just put that thought away. For two days I didn’t think anymore about this idea. Well, Thursday night at 2 am I woke from a solid sleep with only one thing on my mind “taking sick children flying”! So, I listened! The next morning I made three phone calls with the third one connecting me to Kimber Stone with Riley’s Army. After just a few minutes she was just as excited about this as I am.

After several meetings and sharing this idea with almost everybody I came in contact with, we set the stage for our first event at South Oaks Aerodrome in Winterville, NC. I talked with the local EAA chapter and they too shared in my excitement. They immediately offered to provide the planes and the fuel to make this day happen. I left the meeting thinking WOW! We really have a great opportunity to touch the lives of people that are going through a tough season in their life. The children are all battling some type of chronic or critical illness, though we may not be able to heal their sickness, through laughter and fun we can make it less painful for the entire family. As the name implies, Free To Be Me is a day for the children and their siblings to come out and just feel free to be themselves with no restrictions!


The Project Heal

Our Values

EVERYONE DESERVES HEALING
We believe that all people who struggle with food and body should be able to get the support and care that they need to heal, regardless of age, gender identity, race, ability, or financial means.

PATIENTS ARE EXPERTS
We believe that the people best equipped to identify the needs in eating disorder treatment and care are those who have direct experience of these systems, and we are committed to seeking guidance from patients and families in developing our programs and strategy.

LISTENING TO THE LOCALS
We believe that every community is unique, and that local communities have the power to identify and meet their own needs. We are committed to supporting local leaders in developing adaptive strategies that respond to the unique needs of their communities.

EVALUATION MAKES US SMARTER
We believe that our work should be informed by the latest research, and we are committed to creating and rigorously evaluating programs, and to shifting gears when a better strategy presents itself.


Cloud Covered Streets

Cloud Covered Streets is the brainchild of Paper Clouds Apparel founder and CEO, Robert Thornton. The mission and goal is to reach out to those most in need and help them with clothing, toiletries, understanding, and hope. What started as a personal mission in Phoenix, AZ has blossomed and we have street teams in Austin, TX and San Diego, CA. Currently, the goal for Cloud Covered Streets at the moment is to continue bringing in street teams and we are raising money for a mobile shower and laundry trailer. As we have been meeting more and more of the homeless, we want to be able to do more for each of them. They have told us how difficult it can be to shower regularly. We want to expand further than clean shirts and toiletry gifts into helping the homeless we encounter to feel normal again. No one is born homeless and we believe that providing a mobile shower facility with a washer and dryer will help every person we encounter to feel a little more hope inside. Please help us reach this goal so that we can make this dream a reality!


Team Logan

As some of you know, Logan was recently diagnosed with a thyroid disorder. Medication is now a part of his daily life, and exercise is going to be a huge part of our routine moving forward. We are lucky enough to have an empty space in our home that we will be converting into Logan's fitness room, and it will be customized to his needs, likes and limitations. He has spinal issues, and therefore will be working with some specialists to make sure everything is perfectly geared toward his health and safety.

So we have brought Logan's Slombie design back out to help him with his needs. Half of the proceeds will go directly towards his medical bills and help him save a little for the future as he cannot find work.


Thank you so much for your support and I hope you enjoy your new "swag".
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    Logan

    25 yrs old

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    Justin

    38 yrs old

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    Simi Fromen

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    Tommy

    6 yrs old

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    Tim Sharp

Logan is a 25-year-old young man who is living with Hashimoto's and developmental disabilities, including Apraxia. He enjoys riding his trike, bowling, fishing, playing basketball and helping with his many, many animals. His family likes to consider him challenged not limited, and you can find out more about him through Logan's mom, Allyson, chronicles their lives on her Facebook page, The Crumb Diaries.
Logan's designs are raising money for Logan's Fund, a trust fund set up to be set aside for Logan should anything happen to his parents.    

Justin is 38 years old and works at a wood shop in a supported vocational program in Tucson, Arizona.  Justin loves to exercise, draw pictures, listen to music, and anything fireman related.  He is close with his family (especially his uncles!) and enjoys spending time with them while rock climbing and canoeing.  Justin has a dog, Koty, and two cats, Jacob Marley and Jordin Sparks.  Justin has a diagnosis of Down Syndrome with Autism Spectrum Disorder but his disability certainly does not define him!!

Simi Fromen is a writer and poet. When she was a young child, she wrote poetry and stories as an exploration of the arts and to unleash her creativity. Many years later, she picked up the pen again finding healing and her voice through words. Her work has been featured in online magazines. Her love and passion for spilling ink have gained her a devoted online following. Her first book Ascending Voice is now out and available on Amazon in the link below. She is currently working on her next inspirational book and novel.

Tommy is six years old and he is much like any other six year old. He loves cars, trucks, trains and planes and he loves to play outside. Although he is much like any six year old boy, he is also very different. He was born with 22q11.2DS – 22q for short. 22q is a partial deletion of the 22 chromosome and it affects every carrier differently with a wide range of symptoms.
In Tommy’s case, he was affected with a heart defect, a cleft lip & palate, a laryngeal web as well as low muscle tone and developmental delays. He has been tube fed the majority of his life and he’s slowly learning how to eat on his own. Because of his many challenges, he has a very busy schedule. He has been receiving therapies multiple times a week since birth and he has had five surgeries to date. He currently goes to developmental school every weekday. In addition, he receives 3-4 therapies a week at home after school. He is very busy, but he continues to work hard like the super hero he is.
Although he has so much on his plate, Tommy is one of the happiest and easiest going kids I have ever met. He loves the movie Wall-E and his favorite past time is playing with his planes. He loves to snuggle and his best friend is his four year old sister, Rosemary. Tommy has a special way of making people in his life happy and he is truly an inspiration to everyone he meets.

Tim Sharp is an Australian artist who has been diagnosed with autism and is most famous for his creation of the colorful super hero Laser Beak Man. In 2010, Sharp's work garnered international attention when Laser Beak Man was turned into an eight episode animated television series screening in Australia on ABC3 TV and it was then sold to Cartoon Network Australia, New Zealand and Asia – a world first for a young man with autism to achieve.


Special Olympics Florida – Duval County

June 18 - July 01

The mission of Special Olympics Florida is to provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for people with intellectual disabilities who wish to participate, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.

The ultimate objective of Special Olympics Florida is to help people with intellectual disabilities participate as productive and respected members of society at large, by offering them a fair opportunity to develop and demonstrate their skills and talents through sports training and competition, and by increasing the public’s awareness of their capabilities and needs.

Special Olympics Florida, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

Population Served:


Special Olympics Florida serves over 44,400 athletes and offers training and competition in a variety of team and individual sports, with the help of over 31,000 dedicated coaches and volunteers statewide.

Special Olympics athletes are given opportunities to participate without regard to economic, demographic, religious, or social factors. Neither athletes nor parents are charged a fee to participate in the program, and activities exist for those of all ability levels, from the highly functioning to the severely challenged. Anyone can participate in Special Olympics if they meet the eligibility criteria of having intellectual disabilities or a similar developmental disability.

Intellectual disability does not discriminate. Athletes who participate in Special Olympics come in all ages, ethnicities, and economic and social backgrounds. However, a significant number of athletes live in urban areas and come from lower socioeconomic groups. In addition, the vast majority of school-aged children with intellectual disabilities who attend public schools receive free or reduced lunch, placing them in the at-risk demographic.
https://specialolympicsflorida.org/duval/
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    Caleb

    11 yrs old

Caleb Prewitt is eleven years old, born and raised in Jacksonville FL. We were surprised at birth with his Down syndrome diagnosis, but wouldn't change a thing now. He has a sister, a step-brother and step-sister who are all much older! Caleb is a student, athlete and advocate! He will "graduate" this week from Elementary school and head to Intermediate classes in the fall. Caleb has made trips to advocate for himself and others to both our state and national capitols. He loves to meet new people and loves to travel too. He and his dad enjoy working together in the kitchen and will soon hit the stage with a "Cooking with Caleb" event this fall here in Jacksonville with the Southern Women's Show. He's done some modeling, and is a Brand Representative for Jonas Paul Eyewear and JakeMax Apparel. He is also an ambassador for both AbleFinder and SaveDownSyndrome. He loves sports and participates in eight Special Olympics sports throughout the year, as well as Challenger League baseball and TOPSsoccer. We began participating with Special Olympics when he was just four with their Young Athlete's Program, which gave him the tools for the sports-side when he turned eight. His favorite sport is Bowling, followed by Equestrian. We are excited to help raise some funds for our local SOFL program with this partnership with Paperclouds Apparel!