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118% of $100,000 goal
From Coal To Diamonds Cole Family
Fundraiser since Jun 2022
368% of $1,000 goal
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From Coal To Diamonds Cole Family's StoryIronically, as a college assignment over 40 years ago I interviewed Dorothy Beavers, a neighbor who had an institutionalized son with ASD, (autism spectrum disorder). It gave me a lot to consider as I learned of her journey and the steps she took to help other families. She felt the toxins she and her husband had been exposed to at work had been an issue. Her son was out of state. The Beavers had created a fund to assist families. Fast forward almost 18 years. We receive diagnosis on our two children. I have teaching degrees and experience, but I’m tested. I need more answers. I went to see Dorothy again. She was a trailblazer. She saw her son a couple times a year. She directed me to her “fund”. (It was pretty much gone) The information seeking frenzy is incredible for a parent upon diagnosis. What do we do? Where do we turn? Some incredible moms created UNYFEAT (Upstate NY Families for Effective Autism Treatment) in 2004. I was lucky to find them a year later to hear from families about what they were doing, what they found helpful and supports we could try. I became further involved and was hired in 2010 to train and support community relations. The needs in the community haven’t changed. One in every 44 kids are being diagnosed with ASD. Every facet of a community needs more training. The creation of opportunities needs to grow exponentially in school, places of worship, places of work and play. Gratefully, UNYFEAT also grew to AutismUp and to partnerships at The Golisano Autism Center. There are many more places for support information than when my kids were diagnosed. Unfortunately, it needs continued support to meet ever growing needs. Kids with autism become adults with autism. They continue to need supports, educationally, socially and vocationally long after the school bus stops coming. AutismUp continues to grow to monitor and create programming and partnerships to meet those needs. Please take a moment to help. I couldn’t be any prouder of our two, but this village at AutismUp and beyond was vital to where we are now. We still have a lot to do. We still need your support.
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KiteFlite Festival 2022
Sunday from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM EDT
10am - Gates open for AutismUp, March Team Check-In 10:30am - Opening Ceremony 10:45am - Kite Parade Led by KiteFlite Ambassadors, the Dunfey Family 11am - Rides open 11am - 3pm: Raffles, lunch, activities, and entertainment in the AU Party Pavilion
Thank you for participating in KiteFlite! If you missed the celebration, you can still show your spirit with the purchase of a commemorative t-shirt, or grab an AU stadium blanket for the chilly evenings that are upon us and when cheering from the sidelines this fall sports season! Now available to purchase and support KiteFlite 2022! Hurry, limited quantities remain! Click Donate & Tees button for sizes and to purchase!
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It's our 10th annual KiteFlite Family FUNdraising Challenge! What began as a kite parade, has now grown to our biggest fundraiser and family festival at Sebreeze!
Our definition of KiteFlite is:
an act of lifting families with autism up; a journey to support those with autism taken with families & friends; an opportunity to come together and march in a kite parade and celebrate at Seabreeze on August 14, 2022.
KiteFlite is unlike any other fundraiser around and we like to do things differently, including spelling. ; ) We don't actually fly kites, instead we march in a kite parade with custom-decorated team kites across the fundraising finish line! Pretty AU-some, right?
Create a KiteFlite team and begin giving back to AutismUp. All funds raised through August 14th will support the good stuff happening at AU, and help teams earn prizes, including tickets to Seabreeze on the 14th.
AutismUp is the leading 501(c)3 autism support organization in the Greater Rochester and surrounding areas. Founded in 2004, by a small group of parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, AutismUp has grown to include more than 3,100 families. We rely on donations to expand and enhance programs and services for individuals with autism spectrum disorder, and their families, that improve quality of life. Learn more at autismup.org.