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PCA Pizza Party!!!

April 24 - May 07

We're doing it again - PIZZA PARTY TIME!!! We know that our entire PCA Family LOVES our workers with special need and this campaign is entirely for those special people! The Centers for Habilitation employees put a tremendous effort forward every campaign to make certain that your shirts are carefully folded and packaged. 50% of the proceeds from everything that you take home will provide these wonderful people with a pizza party that is going to be outta sight!
http://www.papercloudsapparel.com
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    Brayden

    15 yrs old

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    Ty

    6 yrs old

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!

Brayden is a 15-year-old young man who has a heart of gold. He is always looking for ways to help others. He loves volunteering at our local animal shelter. He is an amazing big brother to his younger siblings. Brayden dreams of becoming an underwater welder. He would also love to be an actor. He participates in his school plays and plays the clarinet. He is also a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. At the age of 3 Brayden was diagnosed with a severe speech and language disorder. I noticed similarities between him and his sister Riley who was diagnosed with Autism so at the age of 4 he was retested and diagnosed with PDD-NOS. Pervasive Developmental Disorder- Not Otherwise Specified. Which at the time was on the Autism Spectrum. With the changes in diagnostic criteria that diagnosis no longer exists. Brayden is very excited to provide art for this cause.

This is Ty & he's now 6 years old. When he was born he failed two of his newborn hearing test at the time they thought everything was fine. When Ty turned two, me and his step dad noticed he was having problems hearing us. At the age of three, we had taken him to be tested and to find the cause of his hearing problems. Shorty after they diagnosed him with usher syndrome 2a. With this disease he will eventually go deaf and blind, he is at a 75% hearing loss he has hearing aids to help him hear and is currently learning sign language. With all of this going on you would never be able to tell. Ty is always happy and full of energy. He loves riding his bike and collecting rocks.


Brittany’s Baskets Of Hope

April 10 - April 23

Brittany’s Baskets of Hope, Inc. is dedicated to bringing information, support, guidance, and hope to families that have newly welcomed a baby with Down Syndrome into their lives.
We believe that all babies, no matter who they are or how they’re born, deserve to be celebrated and to know that they can achieve anything!
As part of our mission, we make and deliver baskets to celebrate the arrival of babies with Down Syndrome that features information and guidance for the parents and gifts of love and joy for the babies and their siblings.
http://brittanysbasketsofhope.org/
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    Paper Clouds

Brittany Schiavone is the founder of the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization Brittany’s Baskets of Hope. Her mission is to create and deliver welcome baskets full of resources, love, and hope to new babies with Down syndrome and their families across the country. She believes that no matter who you are or how you’re born, your arrival deserves to be celebrated!
To date, Brittany has delivered over 300 baskets to families in 45 states across the country and has spoken at schools, colleges, and conferences throughout Long Island. Brittany and her baskets of hope have been featured on FOXBusiness.com, The Mighty, Ditch the Label, Elephant Journal, and on News 12 Long Island, where she was selected as one of their “12 Making a Difference” in 2016.
Beyond her role with Brittany’s Baskets, Brittany currently holds a job in retail. Prior to her current position, she worked as a sales associate at a clothing boutique and jewelry store. Brittany is also currently involved in Consolidated Support Services, and is leading a full, self-determined life.
Brittany graduated from Walt Whitman High School and holds an IEP diploma. In the fall of 2016, she enrolled in college courses for the first time through Hofstra University’s CMA Live Wire program, and she’s continuing her education at Hofstra during this spring semester.

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


CCS & Down Syndrome-Autism Connection

March 27 - April 09

Cloud Covered Streets
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!

Down Syndrome-Autism Connection
Their goal is to ensure that families, teachers, and healthcare providers receive the education and support they need -- with the ultimate goal being that children and adults with DS-ASD will receive the understanding, education, medical care, and opportunities they so greatly deserve.
The Down Syndrome-Autism Connection™ is the only nonprofit organization dedicated solely to co-occurring Down syndrome and autism spectrum disorder (DS-ASD) in the United States.
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    Justin

    35 yrs old

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    2 yrs old

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    Gunter

    12 yrs old

Justin is 35 years old and works at a wood shop in a supported vocational program in Tucson, Arizona.  Justin loves to lift weights, 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!!

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!

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.


Dancing with The Match

March 13 - March 26

DanceAbility
DanceAbility gives dancers with special needs (ages 4 through adult) an opportunity to learn and explore the world of dance. This first-of-its-kind program in the area was designed by physical therapists and MCB instructors to meet the dancers’ unique needs and abilities. Students are encouraged and guided in movement and receive positive reinforcement. Classes provide a safe and supportive environment where special needs students can grow and develop their skills. At the end of each semester, students present a showcase to share with friends and family what they have learned.

Be The Match
Be The Match®, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP), is a nonprofit organization that’s dedicated to helping every patient get the life-saving transplant they need. As trusted leaders in advancing treatments for those facing life-threatening blood cancers, we provide the ground-breaking research, innovative technologies, patient support and education that save lives.
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    Sam

    8 yrs old

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    Zola

    6 yrs old

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    Mia

    14 yrs old

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Samantha, or better known as Sam is an eight year old who loves life and doesn’t let her disabilities hold her back. Her communication difficulties never got in the way of making people smile because she enjoys spreading happiness to others. She loves all creatures big and small and is a Lego enthusiast. Sam also enjoys dancing, singing and playing with friends (especially Fred her cat). Sam aspires to be a teacher when she grows up. The Dance Ability group has been a favorite after school activity for a few years now, and she is excited to be able to help with the fundraiser to support the program.

Zola is a friendly, six year old girl who enjoys dinosaurs, horses, art, singing, dancing and playing dress-up. She is creative and uses her expressive talents to further develop her communication skills. At the age of three, Zola began receiving individual services for speech and overall developmental delays. The Danceability program has given her the opportunity to practice gross motor skills, attend to task, follow multi-step directions, make new friends, dance and have fun! Through hard work and with the wonderful support of school teachers, therapists, and volunteers, Zola has grown into an expressive little girl who approaches life and learning with a joyful exuberance.

Mia was diagnosed with Diamond Blackfan Anemia when she was 6 weeks old. Her body produces no red blood cells at all, she lives because people donate their blood to her. By March 14th, she will have had her 153rd blood transfusion to survive. She is very brave and gets poked with needles all the time, but she smiles through all of it. Mia loves to volunteer for Be The Match, the nation's largest bone marrow registry. After our recent search in the bone marrow registry for Mia, she does not have a 'match' for a bone marrow transplant that could cure her. Mia also loves to help at United Blood Services blood drives, and thank blood donors for taking the time to help save lives. She loves to help others because she knows what it's like to receive help, like the precious gift of life that's donated to her every 3 weeks so can live. Mia is beyond blessed and thankful that people share their life with her!

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


One Child Center For Autism

February 27 - March 12

One Child Center for Autism is a therapy-based, 501 (c)(3) nonprofit serving the Greater Williamsburg area. Their mission is to support children and families affected by autism and other developmental differences in their individual journey, regardless of financial circumstances.
They believe...
1. In the Presumption of Competence: That every child has the capacity to learn, to communicate, to assert themselves, and will be treated with respect.
2. Every child is unique and requires an individualized collaborative approach to enhance their lives.
3. A child should not be denied access to evidence- based therapy due to a lack of insurance or financial resources.
4. Supporting parents and siblings of children with autism improves and strengthens the entire family unit.
5. In Community: Creating a network of support for our families while helping foster acceptance in the broader Williamsburg community through education and collaboration.
http://onechildcenterforautism.org/
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    Griffin

    13 yrs old

Griffin is a thirteen year old who loves playing the piano, creating art, hiking, reading, and playing video games. He embraces his Aspergers and openly talks about it, so that others can better understand him. He would love to become a video game designer and composer. He recently started learning Japanese and hopes to visit Japan one day. One of his family mantra's is "We'll Never Stop Trying", which is something he tries to do especially when things are challenging.


Little Light CHD

February 13 - February 26

Little Light, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supporting families affected by congenital heart defects (CHD). Little Light was founded in February 2014, seven months after their heart baby Karalyn was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, an intact atrial septum and Turner Syndrome, and then shortly after went to be with the Lord. They started Little Light, not only to keep their daughter's memory alive and to give them an outlet for our grief, but also as an offering of gratitude to the Lord for giving them the blessing to be the parents of this sweet little girl. It is what they call "beauty from the ashes." They have chosen to take their grief and heartache and allow the Lord to use it to impact the heart community, to comfort others the way the Lord and others have comforted them through their journey.
http://www.littlelightchd.org/
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    Brooklynn

    6 yrs old

Brooklynn is a 6 year old that was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, ASD, VSD and Interrupted Aortic Arch. Her heart defects required a 3 stage intervention for any chance of survival. She had her 1st open heart surgery at 8 days old and recovery was rough. She had some airway, feeding and swallowing issues but after 10 weeks went home with a trach and feeding tube. Her 2nd open heart surgery was at 6 months old and her 3rd was at age 4. Brooklynn has also had 2 heart caths and countless labs, echoes and ekgs. After her 3rd successful surgery she was able to quit using her feeding tube and in 2016 had both her trach and feeding tube removed! Although she suffers from multiple health issues, frequent hospital admissions and technically only has half a heart she has never allowed that to slow her down or dim her smile. She loves making new friends, singing, dancing and playing with her brothers.


New Artists, New Causes

January 30 - February 12

We have some new artists this campaign! And they have brought brand new friends to the PCA family! Check them out below and learn a little more about our new PCA family members :)

The Chromosome 18 Registry & Research Society is a lay advocacy organization composed primarily of the parents of individuals with a chromosome 18 abnormality. We consist of three separate organizations located in the United States, Australia, and Europe, all with a common mission: To help people with chromosome 18 abnormalities overcome the obstacles they face so they may lead happy, healthy, and productive lives. We are proud to count among our members those who are affected by a chromosome 18 abnormality, extended family members, and professionals. Membership is open to any interested person.

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.

The University of North Carolina TEACCH Autism Program's mission is to create and cultivate the development of exemplary community-based services, training programs, and research to enhance the quality of life for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder across the lifespan.

The mission of MADE in Texas Assistance Dogs is to train and place high caliber service dogs of all types to adults and children with disabilities in order to help them gain greater independence. We are committed to providing service dogs to the person in need and remaining a support resource throughout the working life of the team, while also increasing public awareness about the different types of disabilities and service dogs, and how these dogs assist their partners.
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    Ryan

    6 yrs old

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    Emyrson

    7 yrs old

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    Riley

    12 yrs old

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    Reece

    5 yrs old

Ryan is 6 years old and was diagnosed with autism and Sensory Processing Disorder when he was 4. He is an avid Lego builder and incredible artist with an endless imagination and a heart of gold. Ryan is a very sweet boy, who loves all creatures big and small, always going out of his way to make sure that his friends and family are happy. He is very excited about this opportunity to partner with Paper Clouds Apparel to raise funds for MADE In Texas Assistance Dogs and help improve the quality of life for those who have even greater needs than his own.

Emyrson is a kind hearted, loving young boy who is too curious for his own good and questions everything. He has an excellent memory and loves to build models and keep his hands busy. He loves farming with his grandpa and great grandpa, playing with lego's and any type of arts & crafts. Emyrson loves food especially sweets! We always joke that he has a bottomless pit. Emyrson has been diagnosed with Chromosome 18 or otherwise known as 18p-, anxiety & allergies. Looking at him and talking with him, you would never know he has the chromosome 18 deletion. He does not let anything hold him back. He is already talking about attending college and being the best he can be and achieve a degree of some sort. Chromosome 18 has a wide range of medical issues ranging from mild to severe and it all depends on the break or deletion of the chromosome.

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.

Reece is 5 ½ years old and has just started Kindergarten! Reece loves trains, flashlights, batteries, art projects and riding horses.
When Reece was 18 months old, his Pediatrician observed that Reece was not meeting age appropriate milestones and recommended he be evaluated. After receiving Speech Therapy each week over the next year, Reece was evaluated again at 2 ½ years old and officially diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
For the next 6 months, Reece continued Speech Therapy, and started Group Developmental Music Therapy. Reece also spent 3 months working with an Autism Specialist from the TEACCH Autism program from The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. These weekly sessions, using 'Structured Teaching,' greatly helped prepare Reece for school.
Just after Reece turned 3 he started going to school in a part day Special Ed classroom at a local pubic school. When he turned 3 ½ he started Hippotherapy with his Speech Therapist. During the next year, Reece made great strides in his ability to communicate his wants and needs.
Reece was recently diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder. He sees an Occupational Therapist once a week and is making great strides at home with his sensory diet. These sensory activities help Reece get the input he needs to keep his nervous system in control so he can concentrate on things like his artwork!


Chai Lifeline

January 16 - January 29

Chai Lifeline has grown from a small, community-based summer camp program for children with cancer to one of the preeminent international health support networks supporting seriously ill children, their families, and communities.

Chai Lifeline's programs and services meet the unique emotional, social, and financial needs of families living with serious pediatric illness or loss.

From the moment of diagnosis or trauma, Chai Lifeline's professionals and trained, compassionate volunteers step in to help restore equilibrium and bring joy and hope back into lives devastated by medical crises and illness.
http://www.chailifeline.org/
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    Simi

Simi Fromen is a writer and poet. When she was a young child, she wrote poetry and stories as an exploration of the arts and to unleash her creativity. Many years later, she picked up the pen again finding healing and her voice through words. Her work has been featured in online magazines. Her love and passion for spilling ink have gained her a devoted online following. Her first book Ascending Voice is now out and available on Amazon in the link below. She is currently working on her next inspirational book and novel.


Tubie Friends

January 02 - January 15

"Tubie Friends a non-profit group that is administered by two mothers whose children have feeding tubes and want to use their experience to make life easier for the thousands of children relying on feeding tubes for their nutrition. Tubie Friend Surgeons (TFS) are volunteers who care for or love tube feeders and donate their time and resources. Many of us are still in the trenches with you, which means that sometimes our kids have surgeries, procedures, tests, or hospital stays that takes our time away from Tubie Friends applications and processing."
http://www.tubiefriends.com/
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    Caleb

    11 yrs old

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    Bryna

    11 yrs old

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    Ellis

    6 yrs old

Caleb is an energetic and curious 11 year old boy. He loves the outdoors and all animals. Fishing has become a new hobby, but he is a catch and release kind of guy. He is like other 11 year old kids in so many ways and you wouldn't know about his challenges just by looking at him. He was born early and has struggled with his health since birth. The biggest challenge is he doesn't eat much because it can cause pain. For most of his life, he has relied solely on various kinds of feeding tubes and only recently has begun to eat orally. Caleb is also Autistic and has significant challenges with anxiety. Despite these challenges, he enjoys spending time with his family and just wants everyone to be happy.

Bryna is an eleven year old girl fighting a life threatening illness called Mitochondrial Disease. A disease she watched take her older brother from this earth three years ago, when he was only 9 years old. She is frequently in the hospital and has weekly appointments, infusions, procedures and experimental treatments to slow down and fight the disease that has very poor long term statistics. Despite all that she endures, she fights valiantly and is rarely seen without a big smile on her face. In fact, if she is not in her wheelchair people often don't notice her constant backpack or medical attachments. But if takes a lot to keep her looking so good! She has a triple central line that goes into few heart giving her IV nutrition and medication because her GI system doesn't work. She has a double feeding tube that goes to her stomach and intestine that is only used for medication. Her colon has been removed and she has a permanent iliostomy bag, as well as a mitrofanoff which is an opening in her belly button to allow us to catheterize her bladder. All these devices are also matching on her Tubie Friend, which goes with her to all her medical appointment and hospitalizations including into the OR! This has been the best comfort for her as it allows her to never feel alone or different as she always has someone just like her right next to her. Her brother also had a matching Tubie Friend and it continues to bring our family comfort now that Brayden is no longer with us.

Ellis was born with a very large lymphatic malformation on her face and neck, which affected her abilities to breathe and swallow. She had to have fetal surgery before being delivered, and the mass was removed when she was 6 days old. After three and a half months in the NICU, she came home with a trach, a g-tube, and an uncertain future. In her short 6 years, Ellis has had more surgeries and procedures than we can count and intensive physical, occupational, and speech therapies. Her trach was removed in late 2015 and her g-tube was removed a bit before that. Although some therapies continue and more surgery is possible in the future, we are happy to say today she is a happy, smart, and talented little girl. Ellis is in first grade now, and she loves to draw and paint, read books and write her own, build with Legos, and help her mama cook.


22q Family Foundation

December 19 - January 01

22q Family Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness for 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome while connecting, support, and offering accurate information to families affected by the disorder.
"Prior to the creation of our organization, we, like many of you, received support, guidance and a sense of togetherness from Dempster Family Foundation. Their ideals of creating a community of those with shared experiences and raising awareness to better the lives of everyone affected by the disorder are something that we intend to continue as we grow. We are going to maintain and build upon many of the programs that many of us within the 22q community have come to rely on such as the 22q Education Station, the 22q Mystery Tour, and more. Our bridge to the future is that we intend to create new ways to connect members of our community, as well as work to make sure 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome becomes a household name. It was important to us to keep the word "Family" in the name of the organization because we hope to become a part of yours'. This is your organization. Therefore, we welcome feedback, input and ideas so that we can be the most effective for the 22q Family. We appreciate the opportunity to serve you all and to help take the mystery out of 22q!"
http://22qfamilyfoundation.org/
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    7 yrs old

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    5 yrs old

Mason more commonly known as NooDy was born premature. He is 7 years old and has 22q, apraxia, cerebral palsy and several other diagnoses.  NooDy does not let that define him.   The fact that he can't talk doesn't stop him from making new friends where ever he goes. NooDy has a genuine love (obsession) for baseball and in particular the Tennessee Smokies (Chicago Cubs double A affiliate)  He wants nothing more than to be a part of a baseball team and the Smokies have taken him under their wings and made him an honorary member of their bullpen. Cub will be on this campaign and is the very first recognizable drawing he has ever created  :)

Tommy is five years old and he is much like any five year old. He loves cars, trucks, trains and planes and he loves to play outside. Although he is much like any five-year-old boy, he is also very different. He was born with 22q11.2DS – 22q for short. 22q is a partial deletion of the 22 chromosome and it affects every carrier differently with a wide range of symptoms.
In Tommy’s case, he was affected with a heart defect, a cleft lip & palate, a laryngeal web as well as low muscle tone and developmental delays. He has been tube fed the majority of his life and he’s slowly learning how to eat on his own. Because of his many challenges, he has a very busy schedule. He has been receiving therapies multiple times a week since birth and he has had five surgeries to date. He currently goes to developmental preschool every weekday. In addition, he receives 3-4 therapies a week at home after school. He is very busy, but he continues to work hard like the superhero he is.
Although he has so much on his plate, Tommy is one of the happiest and easiest going kids I have ever met. He loves the movie Wall-E and his favorite past time is playing with his planes. He loves to snuggle and his best friend is his four-year-old sister, Rosemary. Tommy has a special way of making people in his life happy and he is truly an inspiration to everyone he meets.