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Guitars For Good, IV

November 20 - December 03

Toys 4 Tots
Toys for Tots helps less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas, plays an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children, unites all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign, and contributes to better communities in the future.

Pathways OK
The mission of Pathways is to provide a unique Christian program dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for adults with intellectual disabilities. Pathways’ vision is to assist each individual to achieve emotional, cognitive, physical, social, spiritual and vocational growth to his or her fullest potential.

Texas State University Autism Summer Camp
The goal of this autism summer camp is to serve children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) from an underserved population with special needs in the San Macros community. Specifically, this camp is designed to provide children with ASD access to quality summer camp experiences to improve their social, language, communication, and motor skills, while being sensitive to each child’s unique abilities as well as ensuring their safety and enjoyment. Trained camp counselors embed therapeutic and educational goals into recreational activities and provide supportive and nurturing interaction and instruction. The therapeutic and recreational goals are designed to assist campers’ development in communication, socialization, and motor skills.

Stop Abuse For Everyone (SAFE)
Stop Abuse For Everyone mission is to lead in ending sexual assault and exploitation, child abuse, and domestic violence through prevention, intervention, and advocacy for change.

Canine Companions for Independence
Canine Companions is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. They provide our dogs and support services free of charge to recipients.
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    TSU Autism Camp

    5 yrs old

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    Trish

    31 yrs old

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    Gunter

    12 yrs old

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    Griffin

    14 yrs old

The campers ranged from ages 5 to 12 and come from San Marcos, Austin, San Antonio, and surrounding areas to attend the summer camp. Since its start, the camp has served over 70 children with Autism. Each camper is assigned to a specific counselor for time he/she was at camp. The autism summer camp is open to children across the autism spectrum, no child is turned away because of the severity of his/her disorder. Campers are given individual attention to help them adjust and improve their social, language, communication, and motor skills.

Trish was born Dec. 10 weighing barely 2 lbs. She was nearly full-term and had stopped growing when I was 3 months pregnant. We knew the whole time we were expecting her that she was in trouble. We lived in Houston at the time and were sent to specialist after specialist. No one could figure out what was happening and warned us she would probably die before she was born. I went to the doctor nearly every day just to make sure her heart was still beating. When her lungs were fully developed labor was induced to get her out. She got stressed and was taken by emergency C-section. She had several complications including a cleft palate and breathing difficulties. She was transported to another hospital after being worked on by a team of doctors and nurses for 4 hrs. She spent 3 months in the NICU, came home for one week and was back in hospital. This process was repeated several times. Long story short, she spent nearly 7 yrs. in and out of hospitals and had a total of 12 surgeries. We said our goodbyes multiple times. We were told she wouldn't live 5 minutes or 5 hours or five days let alone ever celebrate a birthday. Then, we were told she would never walk or talk or see or hear. After numerous doctors and specialists we never did learn why she didn't grow. She never did grow and took growth hormone injections every day for 15 years to help her grow even though her growth hormone was not abnormally low. At 2 years old she only weighed 10 lbs. She had a feeding tube and several issues to deal with. But, after years of therapy, shear determination, and provoking by her brothers, she did learn to walk and she began to hear and she began to talk and she began to see. She is a true miracle!!!
Today, she is 4'10" tall and weighs 92 lbs. She only sees 20/40 even with thick glasses and has no peripheral vision or depth perception. She runs track at Special Olympics. She lives for country music and sings like an angel! She has the IQ of a third grader and the social skills of perpetual 14year old teenage girl. She is loving and caring and nurturing and energetic. She dotes over her dog, Betsy, and she loves her family more than anything.

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.

Griffin is a teenager who loves playing classical music on the piano, being out in nature, and playing retro video games. He has his own youtube channel where he shares his poetry, his thoughts on having Aspergers, and his piano playing. "What Would Love Do?" is a mantra Griffin and his mom share to help him in challenging moments. He and his parents are also in a documentary that shares a bit about their life and some of the challenges they face.


Guitars For Good, III

November 06 - November 19

Rhett's Roadies
Rhett's Roadies is a 501c3, Non-profit organization that supports the local Down Syndrome Community. They hold a yearly event where local Texas Country Music artists donate their time and talents, as well as a silent and live auction. In the last 5 years they have raised over $200K to support some amazing programs for people with Down syndrome and their families. All of this inspired by their very own, Rhett, who was diagnosed at birth with Down syndrome and continues to bless our lives. Even though their event is once a year, they fundraise all year long. Thank you so much for your support!

Cerebral Palsy Awareness Transition Hope
CPATH is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was formed for charitable, educational and support purposes. CPATH was created to provide resources, support, and financial assistance to families and individuals living with cerebral palsy while building community awareness and acceptance for all. CPATH has been recognized by the state of Texas as a non-profit organization and the response from individuals, community organizations, businesses and other non-profits has been overwhelming. We are honored to serve the cerebral palsy community!

The Miracle League
The Miracle League provides opportunities for children with disabilities to play Miracle League baseball, regardless of their abilities. They also promote community support and sponsorship of Miracle Leagues as well as the construction of special facilities that meet the unique needs of Miracle League players and their families.

Ty Pozzobon Foundation
The Ty Pozzobon Foundation is a Canadian non-profit that protects and supports the health and well-being of rodeo competitors inside and outside the arena.

Firefighters vs Autism
Firefighters vs. Autism was organized exclusively to educate the community about the dangers of wandering and drowning that are prevalent among those within the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). They are firefighters, family members and friends who are primarily engaged in educating first responders, the community, as well as the parents of children with Autism, for the purpose of preventing wandering and drowning among individuals with ASD. Their primary purpose is to provide workshops for first responders in order to educate them on the dangers of wandering and drowning as well as to provide opportunities for families, friends and/or caregivers to learn about what they can do to prevent these tragedies from happening. Firefighters vs Autism provides information to the community in general on the dangers that individuals with Autism could face.
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    Jaden

    14 yrs old

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    Tahja

    19 yrs old

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    AAsher

    7 yrs old

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    Jack

    12 yrs old

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    Rhett

    6 yrs old

Jaden is 14 years old. He was diagnosed with Non Verbal Learning Disability  (NVLD) and ADHD when he was 7. He enjoys football, art, rock climbing, and  showing support for charitable causes such as cancer awareness, when he isn't  torturing his older brother. When he grows up he would like to be a  Veterinarian.

Tahja, 19 years old and diagnosed with Autism, is a student at Warren Central High School in Indianapolis. He enjoys drawing all the time! “If you ever see me, you see me with a pencil and drawing pad, in my hand. My favorite things to draw are portraits. Some of my favorites have been drawings of Michael Jackson, basketball players, Rhianna and his friends." Tahja is currently collecting his drawings for an art show and hopes to sell some them.

AAsher is 7 years old and he sports an extra 21st chromosome, which we like to call the "love" chromosome. The doctors call it Down syndrome. AAsher also has apraxia of speech, which makes him non-verbal (but we are working very hard in therapy to help him beat that diagnosis). He uses sign language and a speech device to communicate right now.
When AAsher's 3rd birthday was coming up (12-12-12), we decided to do something extra special since it fell on such a cool date and that's where it all began.........We thought about a special party or something surrounding the number 12 and that grew into 12 days of gifts!! Since he was going to be turning "3", we decided that we would give 3 gifts per day for 12 days leading up to his actual birthday! Birthday gifts for others!!! What I didn't realize when we decided to embark on this journey was the overwhelming joy that not only the recipients would experience, but the joy that EVERYONE experienced!!! This tiny little boy with so many odds against him was changing people, one heart and mind at a time! It didn't start off as a way to raise awareness for Down syndrome, but it just happened!! I truly believe that it was MEANT to happen this way. 12-12-12 (21-21-21 in triplicate backwards.......3 copies of the 21st chromosome....... what do you think?) Since then, we have continued to do extra special things for others during AAsher's birthday month. He's given gifts to the homeless, veterans, the elderly, orphans, the police and we have even given the gift of hair to make wigs for women with Cancer. AAsher grows his hair all year so that he can donate 9" each time for wigs! He truly has the most loving heart for others and such an amazing gift of compassion.
Last year we decided to adopt 12 angels from a group home that houses adults with all different special needs (special abilities we like to call it). AAsher was able to raise enough money to give each of the 12 angels $50 worth of gifts each from their Christmas lists!! We would love to be able to do that again this year with your help by purchasing AAsher's designs!!!
Our goal for the future is to complete our 501C paperwork and turn AAsher's 12 days of birthday gifts into a year round, 12 month of giving organization. Sort of like a make a wish organization. Your purchase of AAsher's designs will help us to keep the gift giving going! Best birthday present ever is to give to others! I hope that you will join us!

Jack is a 12 year old who loves his Lego’s and playing his Bass! Jack’s father is the founder of the nonprofit Firefighters vs Autism, which was started to help other families who have children with autism. Jack has a little sister named Lucy and a basset hound named Arnold.

Rhett is a sweet, spunky 6 year old boy with Down syndrome and the reason Rhett’s Roadies was created. His diagnosis was not know prenatally, but as soon as he was born his parents hit the ground running, learning everything they could and preparing themselves to be parents of a child with special needs. They are also HUGE Texas Country Music Fans and when it came time to pick a name for their Buddy Walk team, Rhett’s Roadies just seemed fitting. What was originally meant to be a small fundraiser to benefit the Down syndrome Partnership of North Texas’ Buddy Walk, turned into a huge, wonderful, yearly event called Rhett’s Roadies. The event is held every first Sunday in October and includes 10 or more Texas country artists that graciously volunteer their time and talent by playing their music for a big crowd at Billy Bob’s Texas in the Fort Worth Stock Yards. A silent and live auction is also held and all the the money raised goes to the Down syndrome community in Fort Worth and surrounding areas. The three organizations that we donate our funds to are The Down Syndrome Partnership of North Texas, The KinderFrogs School at TCU and the Fort Worth Dream park. All three of which have played major roles in Rhett’s life. Rhett graduated from the KinderFrogs School at TCU in June of 2017 and is now a Kindergartener in an inclusive setting in Aledo ISD. He, just as his parents, has become a big fan of Texas Country music throughout the years and you can often catch him at home strumming his own guitar and asking to listen to Cody on the iPod. He has the most contagious smile and brings joy to the heart’s of everyone he comes into contact with.


Guitars For Good, II

October 23 - November 05

Tarleton Equine Assisted Therapeutic Riding
TREAT Riding is an equine assisted therapeutic riding program at Tarleton State University that uses horseback riding as a form of therapy. They provide physical, mental, and emotional therapy in a fun environment that makes their clients want to participate. Animal-assisted activities improve self-confidence, self-awareness, and discipline. Equine assisted activity is an effective treatment for many types of disabilities.

Amber's Angels
Founded by Amberlyn Fett, they are an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to improving the lives of sick children in Central Texas. Although Amber passed after complications due to a double lung transplant, the organization lives on through her mother, Debbie. They take donations to make gift bags for kiddos that need a boost in the hospital.

United Through H.O.P.E.
United Through HOPE’s long term mission is to increase the graduation rates and subsequent vocational opportunities for at risk individuals who have social challenges due to their special needs. United Through HOPE has a broad reach as its services are available to anyone 3-18, with or without a medically diagnosed disorder therefore allowing anyone, including those who have endured bullying, felt isolated, or are considered twice exceptional (gifted and who have emotional, social, behavioral, or learning challenges), to be assisted. United Through HOPE’s grass roots “old school” philosophy is that through creative play, collaboration with community, and provision of naturalistic experiences leaders are formed and are better prepared to handle today’s and tomorrow’s responsibilities. UTH’s programs center around the fostering of self-confidence, self-esteem, and sense of belonging.

Camp For All
Camp For All is a unique, barrier-free camp working in partnership with other not-for-profit organizations to enrich the lives of children and adults with challenging illnesses or special needs and their families throughout the year.

Canada/Kelly Veteran Fund
Their mission is to support and aide New Braunfels area Veterans when in need. They will give where they can to provide quality care for local veterans' physical and mental well being and overall quality of life.
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    Justin

    35 yrs old

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    Kimberly

    14 yrs old

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    Jaxon

    14 yrs old

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    Griffin

    11 yrs old

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    Michael

    9 yrs old

Justin is 35 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!!

Kimberly is a 14 year old, high school freshman in the Web and Digital Design Academy at Palm Beach Central High School in Wellington, Florida. Kimberly just started to take her classes on campus instead of through our school district's Hospital/Homebound program last school year. She had been full time on Hospital/Homebound for 5 years due to her severe anxiety. Kimberly also has hypoglycemia. Kimberly also suffers from femoral anteversion, which causes her pain in her feet and legs when she walks any long distances. She enjoys playing MineCraft, watching Star Trek and Star Wars, and her best fur-buddy, Cheeto. When she grows up, Kimberly hopes to be an animator for Lucas Films. 

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.

Michael is a VERY energetic 9 year old who has Autism, global developmental delays, and sensory overload disorder. He has been bullied and made fun of throughout most of his school life but ( as anyone who has ever met him will tell you) he still keeps smiling. He always has an infectious smile on his face that just melts your heart. He loves drawing, snuggling with his plushies, and spending time with his 3 brothers. He will put 150℅ into any and everything he does and refuses to be told he can't do something just because of his learning delays. He definitely emulates the phrase "Different not less".


Guitars For Good, I

October 09 - October 22

Tulsa Advocates for the Rights of Citizens with Developmental Disabilities
TARC is committed to ensuring a high quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families through education, empowerment, support, and advocacy.
TARC believes that people with disabilities are entitled to dignity and respect that empowerment is the most effective way to help them achieve their dreams.
TARC envisions a world in which these individuals have a right to make their own choices and their voices are reflected in all decisions affecting their lives.

Court Appointed Special Advocate
The National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association, together with its state and local member programs, supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy so every abused or neglected child in the United States can be safe, have a permanent home and the opportunity to thrive.

Best Buddies Texas
Best Buddies International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Agvocates
AgVocates for Exceptional Individuals exists to promote the cognitive, social, and physical development of children with disabilities through daily care and the exhibition of livestock.
AgVocates for Exceptional Individuals is governed by a Philosophy of Education that fosters a learner-centered, active and interactive pedagogy that develops every child cognitively, socially, and emotionally. They provide a platform and a curriculum that naturally captures a child’s attention and directs that focus at paralleling the life skills practiced with their project to enhancing their own quality of life. Utilizing all learning modalities, their multi-sensory approach focuses on character and building self-esteem. Concept retention is remarkably higher when what is being learned is relevant and meaningful, allowing an actively engaged child to make connections with prior knowledge and experiences.

American Therapeutic Riding Center
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.
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.
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    Jacob

    24 yrs old

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    Trish

    31 yrs old

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    Alex

    14 yrs old

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    Garrison

    18 yrs old

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    Bronson

    14 yrs old

Jacob was born July 21 with Optic Nerve Hypoplasia (ONH).
As a baby and toddler, he went through so much because no one was really sure what was wrong with his eyes. We spent a great deal of our time taking him back and forth to appointments at Children’s Hospital in Dallas for testing and appointments with different doctors and specialists. At the age of 4, they referred us to a Pediatric Ophthalmologist, Dr. George Beauchamp and Jacob saw him every 6 months. At the age of 7 Jacob was finally old enough to have eye surgery. A difficult decision for us, worried that he could be completely blind as they have to tell you all the things that can go wrong. The surgery was to move his focal point from the side to the front. He always turned his head to the side to focus on something. He could never just look straightforward.
So of course, this made things difficult for him in school. School was rough for him having to use his visual equipment and look different from the other kids and all he ever wanted to be is just normal and to fit in with everyone else.
In High School, Jacob wanted to play football but the coaches wouldn’t let him due to having a blind side. I suggested Power Lifting and he tried it and he liked it but for competitions he couldn’t see for the lifting cues. He eventually quit. We just kept encouraging him to keep trying things to find something he liked. He just wanted to be involved in something and finally he was taking art his freshman year. The first assignment was to draw a self-portrait in graphite pencil. It only took him 2 days on this project and he had never had an art class before. His dad and I were just amazed from then on with his talent.
Jacob took all 4 years of high school art with Mr. Steve Fuqua. The most amazing art teacher and I am forever grateful to him for what he taught Jacob. Jacob Graduated from Rains High School in June of 2012.

Trish was born Dec. 10 weighing barely 2 lbs. She was nearly full-term and had stopped growing when I was 3 months pregnant. We knew the whole time we were expecting her that she was in trouble. We lived in Houston at the time and were sent to specialist after specialist. No one could figure out what was happening and warned us she would probably die before she was born. I went to the doctor nearly every day just to make sure her heart was still beating. When her lungs were fully developed labor was induced to get her out. She got stressed and was taken by emergency C-section. She had several complications including a cleft palate and breathing difficulties. She was transported to another hospital after being worked on by a team of doctors and nurses for 4 hrs. She spent 3 months in the NICU, came home for one week and was back in hospital. This process was repeated several times. Long story short, she spent nearly 7 yrs. in and out of hospitals and had a total of 12 surgeries. We said our goodbyes multiple times. We were told she wouldn't live 5 minutes or 5 hours or five days let alone ever celebrate a birthday. Then, we were told she would never walk or talk or see or hear. After numerous doctors and specialists we never did learn why she didn't grow. She never did grow and took growth hormone injections every day for 15 years to help her grow even though her growth hormone was not abnormally low. At 2 years old she only weighed 10 lbs. She had a feeding tube and several issues to deal with. But, after years of therapy, shear determination, and provoking by her brothers, she did learn to walk and she began to hear and she began to talk and she began to see. She is a true miracle!!!
Today, she is 4'10" tall and weighs 92 lbs. She only sees 20/40 even with thick glasses and has no peripheral vision or depth perception. She runs track at Special Olympics. She lives for country music and sings like an angel! She has the IQ of a third grader and the social skills of perpetual 14year old teenage girl. She is loving and caring and nurturing and energetic. She dotes over her dog, Betsy, and she loves her family more than anything.

Alex C. is 16 years old, loves science, nature and video games. Since before he could walk Alex has loved books and learning. Alex has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Much of the world still sees Alex as being "different". Alex’s family describes him as a funny kid with a dry sense of humor with a passion for drawing and artwork. Alex became an Eagle Scout at the age of 14, is a member of the Wylie High School Golf Team, and is a loving family member. According to Cindy, Alex’s mom “his life is different. It's like a roller coaster; up and down, twists and turns, scary and amazing, and we wouldn't want him any other way”.

Garrison the Great is 18 and loves animals and Mario Bros. He loves going to the zoo and learning every detail about any animal that ever lived. One of his favorite things to do is show his 8-month-old baby brother videos about animals or Mario Bros on YouTube. We love to listen to Garrison laugh and laugh at the silly things he watches.  Garrison graduated from high school in May of 2017 and now attends a special school where he is learning basic life skills like shopping, cooking, cleaning, and even working! He says that one day he wants to be a zookeeper and take care of animals which doesn't surprise any of us. Everyone who meets Garrison walks away feeling blessed. Garrison has autism but that doesn't change the amazing man he is growing up to be.

Bronson is 14 and going to High School this year. He loves to draw, write cartoon stories, go to Disneyland and California Adventure, the beach, do Crossfit and he loves to travel. Bronson loves Spongebob Squarepants he is a collector of anything Spongebob. He is growing into his role as “little brother” and it he is starting to give his brother and cousins a run for their money with his newfound attitude.


Islands of Brilliance

September 25 - October 08

Islands of Brilliance (IOB) is a learning experience developed specifically for children and young adults on the autism spectrum.
Islands of Brilliance utilizes project-based learning which allows our students to grow their intrinsic capabilities and practice communication, increasing their likelihood of independence as adults. IOB design workshops create a space for students to explore creativity through the use of technology, during which they learn technical skills and grow confidence in critical social and peer-to-peer interactions. Students are matched one-to-one with mentors—design field professionals—which not only changes public perception of this disability, it also paves the way for future higher education and employment opportunities. An experienced, licensed special education teacher, with paraprofessional support, oversees all workshops.
http://islandsofbrilliance.org/
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    Riley

    12 yrs old

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    Harrison

    19 yrs old

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    Trinity

    11 yrs old

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    Alec

    17 yrs old

Riley is 12 years old and lives in Cloquet, MN where he loves to draw, create with LEGOs, and play video games. He spends time creating characters for his imaginary multi-universe, “Commanza”, where his whimsical creatures come from. He is hoping to make Commanza into a video game someday.

Trains have been a lifelong passion for Harry, beginning with his interest in Thomas the Tank Engine as a toddler, and evolving into modeling intricate HO and N-scale replica layouts. Identified on the autism spectrum at the age of three, neurologists told his parents not to plan on him going to college. He is currently a sophomore studying design at UW-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts, where he made the Dean’s List as a freshman. He lives in Shorewood, WI.

Trinity is an energetic 11 yr old who has a passion to express her understanding of the world around her through art. From the personification of numbers and letters in her early drawings, to complete activity books, short stories, and comics in her current drawings, the recurring theme is the expression of emotion and personality in each character she creates. Her unique drawing technique takes observers on a journey as she makes her images come to life in a series of unconnected steps. In addition to drawing, Trinity is an avid coin collector, as well as a student of geography and music.

Alec was born in Racine, WI on February 9, 2000. Alec was educated in Racine and is a senior at Horlick High School where his favorite subject is German. He has always enjoyed creative activities, so it is no surprise that Islands or Brilliance is one of his favorites. Alec likes to draw and create original LEGO designs. He is also a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.


Team Quinn

September 11 - September 24

Team Quinn is all about our artist - Quinn!! Here is a little something from her mom Brie :)

In June, Quinn was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 1, a genetic disease that affects the motor nerve cells in the spinal cord, taking away a person's ability to walk, eat, or breathe. Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is the #1 genetic cause of death in infants with a mortality rate of 50% by 7 months and 90% by 12-months-old. Thankfully, a treatment was recently FDA approved but the cost is $125,000 a dose. Quinn will need 4 loading doses then treatments every 4 months for life or until there is a cure. Her insurance will not cover the medication or any expenses pertaining to the procedure (hospital, anesthesia, blood work, radiology).

Quinn is now 7 months old. She has received 3 doses so far and we have seen a noticeable improvement in her strength, mobility & personality.
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    Quinn

    0.5 yrs old

In June, Quinn was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type1, a genetic disease that affects the motor nerve cells in the spinal cord, taking away a person's ability to walk, eat, or breathe. Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is the #1 genetic cause of death in infants with a mortality rate of 50% by 7 months and 90% by 12-months-old. Thankfully, a treatment was recently FDA approved but the cost is $125,000 a dose. Quinn will need 4 loading doses then treatments every 4 months for life or until there is a cure. Her insurance will not cover the medication or any expenses pertaining to the procedure (hospital, anesthesia, blood work, radiology).

Quinn is now 7 months old. She has received 3 doses so far and we have seen a noticeable improvement in her strength, mobility & personality.


Reece’s Rainbow

August 28 - September 10

Reece’s Rainbow serves as a catalyst for social change internationally by setting an example of love, inclusion, acceptance, value, and potential for birth families of children with Down syndrome and other special needs. In 2006, through that program, Andrea & Rich Roberts started what is now Reece’s Rainbow Down Syndrome Adoption Grant Foundation expanding to promote the international adoption of children with Down syndrome; which quickly grew to include ALL special needs. By raising money to offer adoption grants on waiting children, they are able to give adoptive families the extra financial help they need to bring a child with Down syndrome or other special needs home from a miserable existence in overseas orphanages.
http://reecesrainbow.org/
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    Jackson

    7 yrs old

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    Laurel

    9 yrs old

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    Bobby

    11 yrs old

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    Christopher

    9 yrs old

Jackson is 7 years old and lives in Manvel, TX with Mommy, Daddy and little sister Bella.  He was born with Down syndrome, but hasn't let that slow him down one bit. He's even a little bit of a celebrity, due to being featured in stories on Huffington Post, CBS News and The Mighty. Jackson is in Kindergarten, and is loved by his teachers and classmates. He loves to read books, watch Paw Patrol, play sports, swim and draw with chalk. Jackson's favorite band is The Ramones, and he insists on blasting to Blitzkrieg Bop (at full volume) every day on the way to school.

Laurel was adopted from Ukraine in 2009. She was born 3 months premature and deaf.  She now has Cochlear Implants which have helped her to be able to hear and speak rather well thanks to God along with many years of speech and language therapy. Laurel is home schooled and she is going into the second grade. She has a baby horse named "Rose" who has helped her confidence even more. She loves to play and ride bikes with her brother Noah. One of her favorite songs is "Eye of the Tiger" which is what inspired her drawing. It fits her well because she has been a fighter since the day she was born. We are so thankful we were chosen to be her parents. We know the Lord has great plans for her and that one day, the world will hear her "Roar"!

Bobby is a creative, talkative, energetic 11-year-old. He was born in China and adopted in March of 2013. He loves all things Lego and Minecraft as well as searching for information about science and natural disasters on his iPad. He also loves to draw with “lots of detail”. Bobby has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and now receives quality medical care from doctors who specialize in Duchenne and also serves as Ambassador for the local MDA. He recently started participating in a promising drug trial for Duchenne. Bobby hopes that his drawing of a panda will help raise money for Reece’s Rainbow and help more of his friends and other kids find families.

Christopher is nine years old and a spunky, little boy who happens to have Down Syndrome. Christopher has had a rough go from the start. Christopher was born with a heart condition that required him to have OHS at just 4 months old. Has endured RSV, HMPV, Lung lavage, t&a, and has just had a procedure at the hospital on Thursday to remove a couple of baby teeth as well as odontomas. Christopher enjoys being with his typical peers, has been riding horses since he was 4 years old and loves playing basketball, baseball, fishing and just being a boy..


Epilepsy Foundation

August 14 - August 27

The Epilepsy Foundation, a national non-profit with nearly 50 local organizations throughout the United States, has led the fight against seizures since 1968. The Foundation is an unwavering ally for individuals and families impacted by epilepsy and seizures. The Foundation works to prevent, control, and cure epilepsy through community services; public education; federal and local advocacy; and supporting research into new treatments and therapies. The Foundation works to ensure that people with seizures have the opportunity to live their lives to their fullest potential.
http://www.epilepsy.com/
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    Brooke

    14 yrs old

Brooke is a fourteen year-old rising high school freshman. She is generous, affectionate, funny as all get out, and, as you can see, a talented and prolific artist. She is also autistic and lives with epilepsy. While she takes pride in being autistic and sees her autism as an integral part of what makes her the incredible kid that she is, she'd really like her seizures to take a hike. She's very happy to be sharing her artwork with you and hopes you like it.


Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center

July 31 - August 13

Established in 1997, the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) is an internationally recognized nonprofit organization dedicated to autism research, education, evidence-based treatment, and community outreach. They are one of the only autism organizations in the world that provides a lifetime of services for individuals and their families while also conducting cutting edge research.
http://www.autismcenter.org/
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    Cooper

    5 yrs old

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    Lainey

    3 yrs old

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    Wyatt

    5 yrs old

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    Zachary

    12 yrs old

Cooper is a 5-year-old sweetheart. He is a Lego "Master Builder" and is really excited to start Kindergarten. When he grows up, he wants to be a tank driver.

Lainey is an ambitious 3-year-old. Whether it's running, climbing, or riding scooters, she likes to keep up with the big kids. She loves princesses & mermaids and shines like the sun wherever she goes.

Wyatt is a 5-year-old smartie. He loves to learn about anything novel and really enjoys being read to, especially if it's about Star Wars. When he grows up, he wants to be a scientist.

Zachary is 12-year-old seventh-grade student. He likes to draw, play video games, and likes to go swimming on hot summer days. He also works really hard in school and makes everybody laugh. When he grows up, he either wants to be a comedian or a video game designer.


Kasie Helpz Kidz

July 17 - July 30

Kasie Helpz Kidz is a 501(c)3 organization with a mission aimed at assisting Kidz and their families whom are affected by cancer.

Our Kidz range from ages 0-19, and we strive to continuously provide them with a strong support system, as well as their guardians, during and after their courageous battle against cancer.

KHKidz focuses on lifting the spirits of those currently undergoing treatments, by providing them with a teddy bear, pizza and a movie night in the hospital. We also have fun events, like bowling, an evening at a professional sporting event, or a fashion show, for the patients to spend time with their peers that are going through similar situations.
http://www.khkidz.org/
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    Jeremy

    21 yrs old

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    Rio

    6 yrs old

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    Kylie

    3 yrs old

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    Paper Clouds

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!

Rio is 6 and was diagnosed with Langerhan cell Histiocytosis in July 2011 and relapsed September 2014. He is currently undergoing treatments. Rio loves pigs, dinosaurs, Spiderman, Auburn Football and playing on his iPad! His favorite colors are Blue and Orange. His dream is to go to Dave & Busters, spend the night with baby pigs, or sleep on a ship.

Kylie is 3 and was diagnosed with Retinoblastoma in April of 2016. They are from Albuquerque, New Mexico but they are having to temporarily live in Houston for Treatments. Kylie loves all colors. She loves swimming, and playing in the sand and anything to do with the outdoors!

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