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CCF & NADF, Part II

February 12 - February 25

The mission of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation is to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are collectively known as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD).
The Foundation sponsors basic and clinical research of the highest quality. We also offer a wide range of educational programs for patients and healthcare professionals, while providing supportive services to help people cope with these chronic intestinal diseases. These programs are supported solely through our donors, grants, fundraising efforts, and sponsors.

The National Adrenal Diseases Foundation informs, educates, and supports those with adrenal disease and their families to improve their quality of life. They aim to stop death from undiagnosed Addison’s disease, to improve life quality of those who suffer from adrenal disease, and to promote the study of adrenal disease to improve treatment and find cures.
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    Jill

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    Ashlee

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    Paper Clouds

Jill has been battling Crohn's for a long time and was actually at her doctor for a visit due to her Crohn's when she saw our new project and created two amazing designs for us to help the world find out about this awful disease.

Born and raised in Arizona Ashlee Miller has been in the beauty makeup industry for 14 years and Real Estate industry for 11 years. She loves makeup and marketing; with her entrepreneurial spirit she launched Ashlee Miller Artistry in 2010. After experiencing heart ship & a potentially life threatening disease called Addison’s, she persevered. Ashlee made the leap and opened up a bridal boutiques and salon in early 2016. Ashlee calls herself a Mompreneur, she is a proud single mommy of 3 amazing little boys who absolutely rock her work, when she is not “ Mommin” she fills her spare time with her passion in the world of beauty and makeup. This extroverted introvert is an avid member of the community giving back to what’s close to her heart researching & creating awareness for Addison’s. She expressed combining her passions together is extremely rewarding and fills her cup. When she is not working, she loves a getaway with her boys to some beach somewhere and entertaining her friends with her hidden hula hoop skills.

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


CCF & NADF

January 29 - February 11

The mission of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation is to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are collectively known as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD).
The Foundation sponsors basic and clinical research of the highest quality. We also offer a wide range of educational programs for patients and healthcare professionals, while providing supportive services to help people cope with these chronic intestinal diseases. These programs are supported solely through our donors, grants, fundraising efforts, and sponsors.

The National Adrenal Diseases Foundation informs, educates, and supports those with adrenal disease and their families to improve their quality of life. They aim to stop death from undiagnosed Addison’s disease, to improve life quality of those who suffer from adrenal disease, and to promote the study of adrenal disease to improve treatment and find cures.
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    Ashlee

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    Gina

    48 yrs old

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    Danny Page

    39 yrs old

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    Paper Clouds

Born and raised in Arizona Ashlee Miller has been in the beauty makeup industry for 14 years and Real Estate industry for 11 years. She loves makeup and marketing; with her entrepreneurial spirit she launched Ashlee Miller Artistry in 2010. After experiencing heart ship & a potentially life threatening disease called Addison’s, she persevered. Ashlee made the leap and opened up a bridal boutiques and salon in early 2016. Ashlee calls herself a Mompreneur, she is a proud single mommy of 3 amazing little boys who absolutely rock her work, when she is not “ Mommin” she fills her spare time with her passion in the world of beauty and makeup. This extroverted introvert is an avid member of the community giving back to what’s close to her heart researching & creating awareness for Addison’s. She expressed combining her passions together is extremely rewarding and fills her cup. When she is not working, she loves a getaway with her boys to some beach somewhere and entertaining her friends with her hidden hula hoop skills.

My name is Gina Stinnett, I’m 48 , wife to ex Mlb player, Kelly Stinnett, and a full time mother to 4 amazing boys ! I have witnessed first hand the struggles of Inflammatory Bowel Disease with my Father living with Crohn’s disease for 50 plus years and myself being diagnosed with Ulcerative colitis 25 years ago. This disease is life altering!! I am very passionate about supporting the work of CCFA and finding cures !!

My name is Danny Page and I believe our health and fitness is the only aspect of our life that we truly have control of. When I was 5 years old, it was Dec 24th, 1984 – Christmas Eve and I stayed home from Xmas Mass with my sister. She was teaching me how to use a calculator and had a blue ice pack on her head. It was moments later she began screaming out in dire pain, she had a brain aneurism and by the time my folks got home, it was to late.

This was my first exposure to health and how important it was in my life. Like anyone who experiences a traumatic event in their life, my parents and family let their health decay out of guilt and mourning, but I chose the opposite path and focused on health, exercise and nutrition throughout my school career, graduating with degrees in exercise science, nutrition and attaining the best certifications money could buy.

I thought I was living the dream life till late June of 2017. I began experiencing deathly pains in my abdomen, weight loss, lethargy and this feeling like I was going to die. I was able to drive myself to the Mayo Clinic and they checked me into the ER. I was there for about 9 hours and they ran some tests and said unfortunately your insurance does not work here and you need to see a GI specialist, so they released me and I barely made it home. I tried to sleep that night but couldn’t and the next morning I got on my computer and researched who the best hospital was that would take my insurance and also provide the support I needed. I packed a bag and drove half awake to the ER and a few hours later I was in hospital bed.

The next 4 days were miserable. I couldn’t eat and I was being put through test after test after test and finally they were able to diagnose me with C-Diff and Ulcerative Colitis. My insides were so bloody and blown up they could barely see much on the tests, but they finally affirmed that’s what I had. I was scheduled to have my colon taken out not much longer until a Dr from the U of A came to see me. He offered a medication that was new and that he had great results with but it would cost me $2000.00 a day and was not covered by my insurance. I needed to take it for 11 days but he guaranteed me it would work. Low and behold it did and 11 days later I was released from the hospital and had lost a total of 51 lbs in those 11 days. I could barely stand up and speak but I was alive and grateful.

My road to recovery has been a challenging one but one I took to heart. It all began with proper nutritional support, probiotics, and easing back into exercise. Lot’s of rest and keeping stress to a minimum and spending as much time as I could with my wife and daughter and animals. Chrons and colitis disease are the silent killers, they hit us when we least expect it and I firmly believe there are many out there suffering from these auto-immune diseases that just haven’t been diagnosed yet. Knowledge is power as is a good support ground around you, so the more we speak up the better.

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


Loganisms For Logan!

January 15 - January 28

Logan Fans (aren't we all)!!! Loganisms are back! You asked for them and Paper Clouds listened. Every item you purchase this campaign will not only get you some super sweet Loganisms all over your closet but also 50% of the proceeds go directly to help this young man. If you're not already following their journey, we suggest following The Crumb Diaries today :D
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    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.
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.    


CCS 2018 Kick Off

January 01 - January 14

As a 501(c)3, Cloud Covered Streets is focused on helping the homeless survive the streets on a one-on-one basis. Every time you support CCS, they hand deliver a fresh shirt, socks, & a toiletry kit to someone who is in need. The company was founded by Robert Thornton in Phoenix, AZ but has started to expand to Austin, TX as well as San Diego, CA. With goals to stretch countrywide, Cloud Covered Streets needs help from people like you every day!
http://cloudcoveredstreets.org/
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    Daniel

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    Alan

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    Lee

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    Dan

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    Troy

Daniel is the reason I decided to focus a lot more energy on Cloud Covered Streets and help more of the homeless. The second person I ever met on a street mission to help the homeless. After giving Daniel a new shirt, and letter of hope, Daniel put his head in his hands and began to cry. He then told me that everything he owned had been stolen a week ago and he didn't even have a t-shirt, until I gave him one. That moment changed my life, and I hope Daniel is doing ok.

Alan is a young man we have become very good friends with. Alan had a job as a home appraiser for a bank, owned a home, and two trucks, but the responsibilities of life he noticed were making him feel like he was going crazy. Alan says that giving that up and being homeless is much worse on him physically, but he feels much better mentally.

Lee has been off and on the streets since he was fifteen. At the age of ten, his father, a World Champion wrestler committed suicide, and his mother, also a professional wrestler, was abusive to Lee so he left home. Lee is a Shaman and takes pride in being able to help heal others. One of the sweetest people we have met and always so grateful of the help we give him.

Dan was proud to tell us he was celebrating six months of being drug-free when we met him. His girlfriend is in rehab and he is excited for her to get out and for the both of them to work on building a life together. Dan was very positive about life and we were very happy to meet this young man.

Troy is very soft spoken, but is always so happy to see us. A gentle giant is the best way to describe Troy. Troy is always looking out for his friends on the street and never wants more than he needs.


PCA Classics

December 18 - December 31

Some things are timeless: a bottle of Coca-cola, a '57 Corvette, & the Empire State Building just to name a few. The Classics section of Paper Clouds is devoted to helping our artists to continue to leave their mark on the world while helping their favorite non-profit. As always, 50% of the proceeds of every shirt purchased goes directly to the cause that the artist has chosen. Now the best part is up to you! Do a little shopping and help spread the word about these timeless designs, finally here to stay!
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    Julia

    13 yrs old

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    Caleb

    9 yrs old

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    Jackson

    7 yrs old

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    Logan

    21 yrs old

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    Emma

    11 yrs old

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    Noah

    13 yrs old

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    Jonah

    11 yrs old

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    Chloe

    25 yrs old

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    Nick

    16 yrs old

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    Regan

    10 yrs old

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    Zoe

    11 yrs old

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    Grace

    15 yrs old

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    Bronson

    14 yrs old

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    Brooke

    14 yrs old

Julia is 13 years old and lives in Madison, Wisconsin. She was born in China and joined her family when she was 5 and a half. Julia had a hard life in China and when she came home she received diagnoses of PDD-NOS, ADHD and Reactive Attachment Disorder. School work is challenging for Julia and she works very hard with her wonderful teachers. Julia started drawing just before her seventh birthday. She loves to draw, paint, color and work with clay. She also loves dinosaurs, everything about Harry Potter and playing the cello.
Julia is excited to be working with Paper Cloud to help raise money for Madison Ice Inc's Adaptive Skating Program and to see her dancing dinosaurs on shirts and hats!

Caleb is 9 years old and loves to play outside, chop wood, and go fishing.  He loves to draw dragons and is excited that one of his dragons is part of this campaign for Tubie Friends.  Caleb was born prematurely and has on-going stomach and intestinal issues that require him to be tube fed.  He experiences a lot of pain in his abdomen when he eats and recently was able to change his feeds to J-feeds which bypass his stomach entirely and greatly improved his overall quality of life. 
He is a happy, energetic boy who loves to create things with his hands and play and we are thrilled to use Caleb's dragon design to help raise funds for Tubie Friends!

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.
Jackson's design will be helping out Reece's Rainbow which is an organization that helps orphans with Down Syndrome find loving families :)

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.
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.    

Emma is a very happy 11 yr. old who loves life. She was born at 27 weeks and weighed 2 lbs. 14 oz. She developed a brain bleed at birth and this caused her to have Cerebral Palsy. She spent 72 days in the NICU and it was during her stay in the NICU when we realized how tough she would be. She was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy one week before her first birthday.
Emma began physical therapy during her first year of life and she started school at the age of 18 months. The teachers and professionals along the way have helped Emma develop a positive attitude and have given her a life without limitations. She loves going to school so she can see her friends and has always been very social. During Kindergarten, Emma explained to her class why she was in a wheelchair and uses a walker. One of the kids asked, “What is Cerebral Palsy?” Emma answered, “When I was born, I got a boo-boo on my brain.” Emma has not let CP get in the way of her dreams. She has always wanted to dance and walk by herself.
On June 6th, 2013 Emma had spinal surgery to help her reach her dream of walking. Emma took this surgery on with a smile and has undergone extensive physical therapy. She has made amazing progress and can now take up to 3 independent steps! She currently goes to physical therapy 3 times a week and continues to persevere. She has inspired many and we are very proud of what she has accomplished in such a short time. Emma recently had an assignment at school and was to give advice to a baby on their first day here on earth. This is what she wrote, "Some days you will pass the test. Some days you will get the answers wrong. Some days you will reach your dreams. Some days you will lose your grip. It's just how it is here. Enjoy your new life!" She is a beautiful, caring, and bright young lady. You can follow Emma's amazing journey on her Facebook page!!
Every parent has hopes and dreams for their child, just as every child has hopes and dreams for themselves and their futures. Emma’s Cupcake design will help parents and their young adults with special needs progress toward their hopes and dreams through participation in the numerous educational, social and career development opportunities available in the District's post-secondary program. In Dublin, Ohio, the staff of the postsecondary programs is providing amazing, high-quality, outcome-focused opportunities to individuals between the age of 18 and 22 who require individualized transition programming and supports. Please Support the #DublinDifference Project!!

Noah created the Guitar drawing when 13 and lives in Middletown, Maryland. Noah has a LOT of friends that have been by his side since he started school. He loves baseball and is a big hitter on the Challenger Baseball Team and is known as "The Possum". He has had the opportunity to play on the field with some of the Orioles players numerous times and has many autographs. He also loves swimming and has participated in Special Olympic Swimming for the past 3 years where he has gotten numerous Gold, and Silver medals. He loves drawing, and his specialty is drawing animals and family pictures. He loves to play PlayStation games and he is unbeatable in any game he plays!!! He also loves fishing with his dad and his sisters. He loves animals and has 2 dogs and 14 cats. His favorite thing is playing practical jokes on his family, he makes us laugh every day!!!
Noah's design is raising money for the International Down Syndrome Coalition, an international group of parent advocates that are not affiliated with any political party or religion. They believe that all life is precious and deserves dignity and respect. They are pro Down syndrome and always stand on the side of the person with Down syndrome.

Jonah is a wonder. He is 11 years old, a twin, loves Doctor Who, science, can read at a high school level, and despite the odds: walk, talk (very well;), and yes draw an awesome looking ninja! He also has autism, seizures, GI issues, hypotonia, hypoglycemia, fine motor ataxia, heat and exercise intolerance among other health issues. All this is from Mitochondrial Disease. He fought hard to accomplish what he can do now and keeps fighting hard to keep his skills and gain more!
Jonah is continuing to raise funds for the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation!

Chloe is 25 years old and has autism. She is on a mission to advocate about what autism is like from her perspective in order to teach others. Chloe presents at conferences, writes, and more. In her free time Chloe loves to color and participate in Agility Angels, dog training for kids and young adults with Autism.
Chloe created the Sunshine design and 50% of the proceeds from sales of her design will benefit Agility Angels!

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.
Half of the proceeds from apparel sold with his tattoo in this campaign will benefit the homeless and help the memory of Nick live on! People will continue to get Nick'd!

Regan born 11.13.03 and was diagnosed with autism at 2 years of age when we lived in Belvidere, Illinois. We moved to Beloit, Wisconsin in September of 2006. Regan is 10 years old now and is in the 4th grade. He loves Legos, Superheroes, Annoying Orange, and other YouTube funnies. Regan loves to draw using black ink pens, markers, and crayons and he also enjoys using the paint program on the computer to draw pictures like this Hulk.
Regan's Hulk will benefit the National Autism Association!!

Zoey is an 11 yr old with Asperger's syndrome when she created this amazing Owl art. Zoey said that Owls are her favorite animal to draw and she has drawn that animal the most.

Grace is a caring and vibrant 15-year-old girl. The middle of 3 sisters, Grace loves reading, swimming, traveling with her family, being with animals, and singing along to musicals, especially WICKED. Her ability to find silver linings in every situation is a source of inspiration for all who love her.
In 2007, at age 5, Grace was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a fast-growing tumor in her cerebellum. She underwent surgery, proton beam therapy, and chemotherapy, and is now a 10-year survivor. Despite the many challenging side effects of treatment, she is thriving and loving life.
Grace has enjoyed being a 2014 St. Baldrick’s Ambassador and the proceeds from her design will go directly to St Baldrick's. She looks forward to turning 15 in January, to someday meeting Orlando Bloom and Idina Menzel, and to traveling to New Zealand. She was inspired by her new favorite TV show – Once Upon A Time -to create this heart design. She traced the design, burned it into wood, and painted it red.

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. Bronson wants to help the homeless and has chosen Cloud Covered Streets for his cause!

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.
Brooke's design is aiding to the funding of The Epilepsy Foundation, a non-profit national foundation, headquartered in Landover, Maryland, dedicated to the welfare of people with epilepsy and seizure disorders.


December Love

December 04 - December 17

Boston Children's Hospital is a 404-bed comprehensive center for pediatric health care. As one of the largest pediatric medical centers in the United States, Boston Children's offers a complete range of health care services for children from birth through 21 years of age. (Their services can begin interventions at 15 weeks gestation and in some situations they also treat adults.)
They have approximately 25,000 inpatient admissions each year and their 200+ specialized clinical programs schedule 557,000 visits annually. Last year, the hospital performed more than 26,500 surgical procedures and 214,000 radiological examinations.

The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation is to lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives.

As a 501(c)3, Cloud Covered Streets is focused on helping the homeless survive the streets on a one-on-one basis. Every time you support CCS, they hand deliver a fresh shirt, socks, & a toiletry kit to someone who is in need. The company was founded by Robert Thornton in Phoenix, AZ but has started to expand to Austin, TX as well as San Diego, CA. With goals to stretch countrywide, Cloud Covered Streets needs help from people like you every day!

It is the mission of Agility Angels to serve children and teens with Autism Syndrome. Agility Angels has scholarships available to help families in need participate in the program. Agility Angels has grown by word of mouth to over 50 participants. Training classes are held three evenings a week by Holmes and a crew of volunteer coaches. Coaches and trained agility dogs are paired with students based on their compatibility.
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    Ali

    11 yrs old

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    Brooke

    14 yrs old

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    CCS

    20 yrs old

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    Griffin

    14 yrs old

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    Chloe

    25 yrs old

Alison is eleven years old and loves drawing, writing poems and stories, reading, and playing soccer.  She is also learning to play the piano and we've been told that she has an ear for music.  Alison was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease, a metabolic disease where the cells aren't able to convert food into life-sustaining energy, when she was three years old.  She has faced many challenges over the past eight years, but has done so with determination, humor, and a zeal for life.

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.
Brooke's design is aiding to the funding of The Epilepsy Foundation, a non-profit national foundation, headquartered in Landover, Maryland, dedicated to the welfare of people with epilepsy and seizure disorders.

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!

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.

Chloe is 25 years old and has autism. She is on a mission to advocate about what autism is like from her perspective in order to teach others. Chloe presents at conferences, writes, and more. In her free time Chloe loves to color and participate in Agility Angels, dog training for kids and young adults with Autism.
Chloe created the Sunshine design and 50% of the proceeds from sales of her design will benefit Agility Angels!


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. Bronson wants to help the homeless and has chosen Cloud Covered Streets for his cause!