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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

    32 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 32 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!!


Rewind Throwback

July 03 - July 16

We know how much you love a throwback - a chance to grab help some of the causes of PCA past. Here it is! And now, with all of the new products, you can really stock your closet full of so super fresh gear!

Team Owen
Nick's 'Triforce' will go to help Owen in his fight. His mom Carrie has given us this little insight to his fight so far...
Owen Gauntt was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in February 2006 at the age of 6. After a year of chemo we were thrilled to learn he was NED (No evidence of disease). Since then he has struggled with implant failures, infections and a total of 99 surgeries in 11 years.
The implant Owen originally had failed after only a few months. He was in a body cast for 3 months while the fabricated a new implant. After this initial failure, he has struggled with the ever changing size of the implant and the struggles that came with it. Chemo should have stunted Owens growth which would allow the implant to be even with his good leg. He is currently over 6 foot and we chose to break the growth plates in his good leg so his implant on the cancer leg could catch up, it didn’t work. He continued to grow and 2 years ago because of repeated opening of the leg to “stretch” it, he became ill with a staph infection. He was on at home IV antibiotics for 3 months and then oral for 6 months. After this delay and the legs never being the same length this created his spine to curve and he needed spinal fusion surgery. Shortly after his spinal fusion, his leg flared up again with staph infections and the implant had to be removed to allow the leg to heal on the inside for 3 months. Once again he was on IV antibiotics at home and complete bed rest as nothing was in his leg. The implant is/was approximately 80% of his leg so moving around was nearly impossible. Early 2017 the surgeons attempted to place a new and we had hoped final implant but once again they ran into issues trying to attach the implant to what he has left of his own bone. After 6 hours the surgery was stopped and we once again had to wait for the team to come up with a new design. Owen was again on bed rest, now missing 6 months of school and that is very hard on a teen not only with academics but socially as well. As of June 15th, a new implant was placed after an 8 hours surgery. The new implant was designed with cadaver bone and tissue to try and get a more stable bone area to attach too. Since cadaver bone (Allograft) was used he is on a strict “no weight” on the leg for 3 months. The doctors will tell us when he can start to put pressure on the leg. By the time this implant has healed it will be close to a year since he had walked on that leg. He currently uses crutches to move around the home and has started having people over. It’s not easy spending weeks on end in the hospital, especially when all your friends are out having fun and being “normal” teens. Once he is cleared to place weight on leg we will start the process of Physical Therapy 3x a week. We hope he will eventually regain the ability to walk even if assisted with a crutch or cane.
Owen and our family have dedicated our lives to giving back to other cancer families. Owen was a HopeKid Hero for many years. He would visit newly diagnosed children to offer support and encouragement. Owen lends his time as a teen spokesperson for United Blood Service and gives speeches and his time to local events to raise awareness of blood donation. Something that saved his life many times because of all the surgeries he has had over the years. He also spends his time with other teens fighting the same cancer. He has many good friends who have gained their wings, to be specific he has lost 5 friends to solid tumors in the last 2.5 years. This would be hard for anyone to watch, but imagine a teen going through this. He often has survivor guilt but carries on meeting new families in hopes he can lend some comfort and hope to continue to fight.

Camp CaPella offers children and adults with disabilities and their families a unique camp experience designed to foster personal growth and exploration. Our goal is to enable our campers to make new friends, become more independent, and try new things. All things are possible at Camp CaPella! Kids at camp get to know other people just like them. It creates a community and a sense of belonging that they can't get anywhere else. This campaign is featuring Riley's 'Angry Cat'

The Crumb Diaries
The Crumb Diaries began as a blog from a mom reaching out to the world for a little support and understanding. Since then they have grown to so much more - Loganisms, Love & SLOMBIES! We always try to keep you updated with Logan & Allyson's journey along their "goat path." If these wonderful people are new to you, we highly suggest catching up on their antics as well as their perseverance. This campaign is featuring Logan's 'Party Like a Pop Tart' :)

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. Brooke's 'Fruited Plane' will be helping this wonderful cause.

Firefighters vs. Autismworks to prevent wandering and drowning deaths in children with Autism. This awesome cause educates the first responders on the dangers of wandering and drowning as well as provides opportunities for families, friends, and/or caregivers to learn about what they can do to prevent these tragedies from happening. Proceeds from every purchase of the 'Firetruck' design goes to this stellar cause!!
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    Nick

    16 yrs old

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    Riley

    12 yrs old

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    Logan

    21 yrs old

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    Brooke

    14 yrs old

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    Justin

    32 yrs old

Nick was an incredible, inspiring young man who showed thousands of people what it was like to truly live life to the fullest. At 14, Nick was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma after complaining of pain above his knee for a few weeks. Over the next two years, Nick underwent many surgeries and battled through chemotherapy with a positive, determined attitude every step of the way. Unfortunately, the tumors were continuing to grow and in late summer of 2014, Nick and his family made the decision to stop treatment. Through the next few months, Nick crossed items off of his bucket list with fervor and spent his days with his loved ones bringing smiles to the face of all those he touched. On December 30th, 2014 Nick passed away. Two months later, Nick's family is starting a foundation in his honor - Epic Battle Events. Half of the proceeds from apparel sold with his tattoo in this campaign will benefit Epic Battle Events and help the memory of Nick live on!

Riley is a 12-year-old girl diagnosed at the age of 2 with Autistic Disorder. She also has a diagnosis of severe anxiety disorder. Riley was minimally verbal until the age of 5. She has made many gains with the help of early and continuing intervention services. She loves art and draws daily. One of her favorite things to do is swim especially at her favorite summer camp, Camp Capella. She looks forward to attending a week of camp every summer. Riley has a great personality and loves to make people laugh.

Logan is a 21-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.    

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.

Justin is 32 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!!


Logan’s Launch

June 12 - July 02

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Opportunity Works will continue to be a model for the advancement of community integration, personal growth, and independence for individuals with disabilities.
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  • Artist

    Logan

    21 yrs old

Logan is a 21-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.