October 22, 2012
How do I put into words my feelings towards Generation Rescue. The first that comes to mind is simply Grateful! When I found out about my son’s diagnosis I immediately turned to the computer to search for answers as to what to do, where to go, and what did an ASD diagnosis really mean to my son and my family. Generation Rescue was the first site I went on. I was aware of Jenny McCarthy’s quest for Autism so I felt the site was a great place to start. From the first video I watch about her experiences with her son to stories of so many other families it was at that moment I realized what I was up against. Challenges, I do not fear especially after listening to parents going through their own battles to find answers. It made me feel like I wasn’t alone in this blind journey that at times can make you feel very alone. Unless you have hands on experience of life with Autism you really can’t grasp how difficult it is to not have definitive answers to your child’s health. What I feared most is not being able to provide my son what is necessary for him to get better. This is where participating in Generation Rescue’s grant program gave us a glimmer of hope. Unfortunately, we lost our business when the economy crashed and it has been a struggle to recover. It seemed impossible that we would be able to get CJ the therapies he needed. Then I clicked on a button that said apply for a grant and was so excited to be a part of the 9th round grant program. We had such big strives with CJ during the supplemental protocol. Therapists, teachers, family, and friends have been amazed to see the changes in CJ since he has been introduced to the program. Not to mention the blogs and all the resources available on the site really helped in my quest for research. It made it easier to have one place to go that not only provided me with information but also a support system. The staff is also so amazing at Generation Rescue. Anytime I had specific questions it was answered in a timely manner. I felt like the program coordinator Stephanie really cared about my son’s achievements. I can’t say enough about Generation Rescue, its staff, and the hope it has given my family. It will continue to be the number one resource for my family. Our experience has inspired us so much that my husband and I are putting a huge concerted effort to help raise funds for the organization so they can continue to do all that they did for my family. I thank you for giving us hope, I thank you for giving me answers when no one could, and I thank you for improving my son’s future.
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