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HEART Center & Humor Writes

February 08 - February 21

The H.E.A.R.T. Center

The Harden Education and Recreation Therapy (H.E.A.R.T.) Center was founded in 2014 to offer an elevated and diverse recreation therapy program that fosters development and independence. By using recreation as a driver for positive life change, The H.E.A.R.T. Center provides education and opportunities for individuals of all levels and abilities.

Humor Writes

Humor Writes builds students’ confidence in self-expression, self-esteem, and writing skills by providing workshops that create a safe and supportive place to explore thoughts and ideas. They teach students fundamental creative writing skills, which support the efforts of classroom teachers by presenting high-quality, improvisational theater, by students for the broader community. Everyone that participates forms partnerships that allow students to further their personal artistic expression and development.
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    The Artist

    Mason

    9 years old

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    The Artist

    Emma

    12 years old

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    The Artist

    Mattias & Arianna

    8 years old

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    The Artist

    Michael

    4 years old

Mason is Emma’s little brother. He loves anything related to cars and their keys and is very active in Jiu Jitsu. Mason attended his first overnight Horse Camp last summer and gained confidence just by being with and riding the horses. Even though Mason is the little brother, many times he plays the part of the older sibling. He’s got an amazing amount of patience and unconditional love for his sister and is very protective of her. Mason loved being able to share a special camp experience with his older sister and is very excited that his art can help other siblings of children with special needs experience camp as well.

Emma has been riding horses since she was 5 years old! She’s been an animal lover since she was a baby and has a special bond with horses thanks to helping care for her Grandpa’s mules! Hippotherapy has enriched Emma’s life in so many ways. She has gained a greater sense of responsibility and confidence by caring for the horses and has experienced tremendous growth in her physical balance and body coordination. One thing that always stood out to me was that she never has had a seizure around the horses. In fact, she rarely had seizures on days she rode the horses. Coincidence? Whether battling seizures, overcoming visual impairment, or healing from several hip surgeries, these horses have been a constant source of love and affection and focus in her life. The opportunity to attend horse camp has been an incredible experience for Emma. It has enabled her to build independence, social confidence and team working skills in an environment that cares for each child’s needs- while allowing them a traditional camp experience that every child cherishes for a lifetime.

Mattias and Arianna created this special artwork together! They share a very special sibling bond. Mattias was diagnosed with Autism at 23 months and Arianna has been the most compassionate and supportive sister the whole way. Both kids have a passion for art and horses and created this piece to showcase the camp opportunities that The H.E.A.R.T. Center provides. It takes a special program to be able to provide such memorable experiences and learning opportunities for children like Mattias. Appropriate social interactions, making friends, and participating in group activities have always been extraordinarily challenging for him. The H.E.A.R.T. Center has created a camp that not only provides intensive therapeutic programming in a fun way but has given him the ability to engage in age-appropriate social experiences that he so wishes to be a part of as an 8-year-old boy. We are so grateful for the camp opportunities that have been provided for Mattias and we want to help make this opportunity possible for all children with special needs!

Artist, Michael 4yrs old, attends the Homeward Bound children services activities regularly and enjoys interacting with staff and his friends. He is very energetic and loves creating masterpieces like the one submitted for the annual summer camp art competition. Homeward is happy to have partnerships with organizations like Humor Writes that promote confidence in self-expression and self-esteem while mixing educational skills for the children in the program.


Fanconi Anemia Research Foundation

January 25 - February 07

Lynn and Dave Frohnmayer started the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund, Inc. in 1989 to fund research into this disease and to provide support to affected families worldwide through medical referral, education, publications and annual family meetings. To this end, more than $25 million has been raised since the Fund’s inception. Fanconi anemia is an inherited disease that can lead to bone marrow failure and cancer. Though considered primarily a blood disease, FA may affect all systems of the body. It is a complex and chronic disorder that is psychologically demanding. FA is also a cancer-prone disease, affecting patients decades earlier than the general population.
http://fanconi.org/
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    The Artist

    Carter

    9 years old

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    The Artist

    Mary Jo

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    The Artist

    Cale

    9 years old

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    The Artist

    Ben

Carter is an out-going 9 year old boy from Raleigh, NC. Carter lives with his mom, Crystal, dad, Josh, brother, Ethan, dog, Cassie, and hamster, Charlotte. He loves playing hockey on his roller skates in the house and tackle football with his little brother in the living room. Carter has Fanconi Anemia(FA) and was diagnosed at 13 months old. He was born with two holes in his heart, a hypoplastic thumb and missing right kidney. Right after Carter’s third birthday, his bone marrow began to fail. Carter went through 5 days of chemotherapy and radiation, and then he received his “new blood”. He had a matched, un-related marrow donor (bone marrow transplant) on February 5, 2010. Since his transplant, Carter has done well. He has had numerous surgeries, hospitalizations and setbacks, but always comes back with a smile!

I am a mother of three children, Israel, Isaac, & Mariana. Israel was diagnosed with Fanconi Anemia in 2010 when he was 1 1/2 years old and Mariana was diagnosed a week after she was born in 2013. Israel’s diagnosis was a huge blow to our family because just two months earlier, our nephew, who also had FA, passed away due to complications following his bone marrow transplant. Our family relocated from Oklahoma to Minnesota in September 2014 for Israel’s bone marrow transplant. He received his “bow and arrow” transplant (as he called it) on October 28, 2014 and he passed away 8 months later on June 28, 2015. He was 6 1/2 years old. A few weeks before he passed away, Israel told me he wanted to plant sunflowers. We were unable to grant this wish because we were not allowed to bring live plants onto the BMT unit. Since he has died, sunflowers have become a symbol of him and his continued presence in my life. I have seen them so many unexpected places and have received them from friends, both of which have been a comfort to me. And so, I chose to draw a sunflower for my artwork submission to you in memory of him. Like sunflowers, he brought joy and light to my life and the lives of everyone who knew him.

Cale is a true hero through his distinguishing courage and unique abilities. Despite his daily struggles, Cale is determined to bring warmth and kindness to everyone he meets. Even in illness, he manages to smile and introduce himself to all those in the room. His positive attitude and encouraging embrace, make people want to know him. He is able to make everyone feel comfortable when they are around him. He teaches us what it means to show genuine care and concern for others, without judgment or disregard. His personality will draw you in, and make you want to have a great day. It is truly impossible to have a bad day when Cale is around.

Ben lives in a suburb of Toronto and is the proud older brother to Nate (FA). Ben loves Tae Kwon Do, history, and Star Wars. He drew this shark at camp when he was 10 during an introduction to pen and ink. Ben took it very hard when he was not a bone marrow match for his brother. Martial arts, music, and art have helped him work through the stress of living with this cruel disease and have let him fund raise for research any way he can including playing trumpet, contributing art, and helping in bone marrow drives.


Beyond Autism

January 11 - January 24

Beyond Autism, Inc. is a non-profit school located in Scottsdale, AZ dedicated to educating children diagnosed with autism. It is a movement that bridges the school experience with home life by not only teaching our students academics but also social & life skills. We are a team, a team that believes that when given a fun and supportive environment, our students can achieve their goals.
http://www.beyond-autism.com/
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    The Artist

    Collin / Lexie / Nick

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    The Artist

    Abby / Lexie

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    The Artist

    Colton / Nick

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    The Artist

    Presley

    15 years old

Collin is a 9 year old that loves attending Beyond Autism. He is a social little guy that enjoys his friends and teachers. He loves to ride his scooter, and play on swings and trampolines. He is a big fan of Disney movies and is a bit of a prankster with a silly sense of humor. Lexie is a beautiful full-of-life fourteen year old twin with 4 other siblings.  She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and severe autism as a toddler.  Lexie is the namesake for Lexie's Law which is instrumental in providing School Choice for parents and families with special needs children.    When she is not rocking out to Michael Jackson and Justin Bieber, she is riding horses and playing with her friends at Beyond Autism.  Currently non-verbal, Lexie communicates primarily via her iPad, but that doesn't stop her from getting exactly what she wants from her siblings, teachers, and parents. Nick is 14 years old and loves to make people smile!  He is fearless on his skateboard and loves to swim, use his iPad, and complete 500 piece puzzles.  Nick loves going to school and really enjoys music and art therapy. Nick enjoys spending time with his family, including his 2 cats and dog, Lucy.  If given a choice, Nick would live near the ocean so he could swim and boogie board everyday.

Abby is a happy, sweet and fun 10 year old who loves her friends and family to pieces. Abby was born with multiple birth defects and has also been diagnosed with autism, developmental delays, hearing loss and several other medical conditions. She doesn't let any of that stop her from living life to its fullest! She enjoys swimming and takes swim lessons every week. Abby participates in many community organizations that help kids with special needs and she is very active in each one.  She loves attending events at KEEN, Moriah, the Council for Jews with Special Needs and the Miracle League of Arizona just to name a few.  Abby has 3 younger siblings that she has fun with and helps them with their reading and spelling - she is very smart!  Abby is very proud of her school and loves going to school with teachers who appreciate her strengths and help her grow and develop in a positive and supportive manner. Lexie is a beautiful full-of-life fourteen year old twin with 4 other siblings.  She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and severe autism as a toddler.  Lexie is the namesake for Lexie's Law which is instrumental in providing School Choice for parents and families with special needs children.    When she is not rocking out to Michael Jackson and Justin Bieber, she is riding horses and playing with her friends at Beyond Autism.  Currently non-verbal, Lexie communicates primarily via her iPad, but that doesn't stop her from getting exactly what she wants from her siblings, teachers, and parents.

Colton is 13 years old and has quickly turned into a teenager overnight.  Currently some his favorite characters are The Incredible Hulk and Hellboy…he can’t get enough of them!  His sense of humor is the best…he has a way of cracking jokes in the most original ways.  Colton really enjoys making home videos on his computer and listening to all types of music. Nick is 14 years old and loves to make people smile!  He is fearless on his skateboard and loves to swim, use his iPad, and complete 500 piece puzzles.  Nick loves going to school and really enjoys music and art therapy. Nick enjoys spending time with his family, including his 2 cats and dog, Lucy.  If given a choice, Nick would live near the ocean so he could swim and boogie board everyday.

Presley is 15 years old. She loves to draw, go to Disneyland and taking trips with her family. She also love classical music and soft voices and playing Disney Infinity on Playstation. The Six Lotus was done by six students from Beyond Autism showcasing the main principle of collaboration the drives the school. You can find out all about each of the other artists from the other bios but we need to draw some attention to a new student, Presley :)


Double Cause – All the Paws

December 28 - January 10

This campaign is all about the paws - we are teaming up with two wonderful organizations that train service dogs to help children with autism & other hardships. Check 'em out below!

Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers

Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers (SDWR) helps families find local resources to help offset the costs associated with the purchase and training of a service dog. In addition, SDWR will host fundraising and community programs to help spread awareness and grow their programs, thereby reaching more families and providing increased access to their services.
SDWR’s unique service dog program is unmatched. Their training and service dog placement guidelines are highly structured, only to guarantee success between a service dog and his or her family. To further ensure success for between both parties, the SDWR program promotes a high level of involvement between the family, the service dog, the trainer, and the organization. Unlike other service dog programs, SDWR takes the next step in providing a solid base between a service dog and the recipient.

Autism Service Dogs of America

The mission at Autism Service Dogs of America (ASDA) is to make a positive impact on the lives of individuals living with autism, and their families, by providing exceptionally well-trained service dogs.
Their service dogs provide physical safety and an emotional anchor for children with autism. With their child tethered to a service dog, families are able to engage in activities as simple as going to the park or going out to eat as a family. When out in the community, a service dog increases safety and helps families feel secure. The service dog’s calming presence can minimize and often eliminate emotional outbursts, enabling the child to more fully participate in community and family activities. In many cases, the service dog accompanies the child to school, helping with transitions between activities and locations. Having a service dog helps increase opportunities for the child to develop social and language skills with others.
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    The Artist

    Steinkamp Bros.

    5 years old

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    The Artist

    Ian

    8 years old

"SDWR has been so helpful in so many ways. The support they provide is amazing! Cheri, one of the autism service dog trainers, even came to our school to provide support and information at an IEP (individual education plan) meeting. Everyday Jaxson provides something to our family, from riding to school for easier transition to search and rescue, which we are currently working on for our nonverbal 5 year old. The growth that I have seen in both our boys from having Jaxson has been amazing. There has been improved eye contact and speech in both our boys. Our nonverbal child is now singing songs and repeating clips from his favorite movies. And our sensitive- emotional child is finding comfort and peace with his daily activities."

Ian (8), was diagnosed with Asperger's at age 4. Conner, Ian's brother who is 4 1/2 now, was diagnosed PDD NOS at age 2 and then finally this summer was diagnosed autistic. Conner has finished the fundraising stage to get his autism service dog through Autism Service Dogs of America in Portland! We are privileged to rally behind ASDA & Ian, whose art will benefit another child in need. Half of the proceeds from every sale of the both the Brontosaurus & the Robot designs will another help another special child like Conner. Build yours today!


Friends of Silver & Gold

December 14 - December 27

As we come upon the new year, we here at Paper Clouds have been spending some time reflecting on 2015. This has been a tumultuous year, but our support has always been our PCA family. We have made many new friends while making sure that we keep our old ones close to heart. This campaign is a little taste of just that. We want to thank you for helping other by coming together over something as simple as a t-shirt. Every shirt has a special story about an extremely special person. Wear them all with pride knowing that you helped them and what they believe in. The family that we build is spreading far and wide with ongoing growth. All we can ask is that you keep doing what you are doing, talking about those with special needs.

The Crumb Diaries

You know Logan & Al - their story is one in which we all love to be a part. Bring in you New Year with a Pop Tart and help get more Slombie coloring books into more pediatric care units. Check out their Facebook page for continuous updates about Logan's adventures & Al's wit!

Artists & Autism

The purpose of the Artists and Autism page is to uplift, encourage, and inspire all of those around us by showcasing the talents of individuals with Autism and nurturing those abilities to their fullest extent. When you visit the Artists and Autism Facebook page, you get to see the incredible talent of these individuals and you help promote the message that Autism does not define you. Jack's Kyoto is a throwback from way back that we can't wait to get!!

Firefighters vs. Autism

Firefighters vs. Autism is an organization whose mission it is to end wandering related drownings and childhood deaths in the autism community. With the help of good people like yourself, they pay for rescue swim lessons, pool fences, autism awareness training for first responders, equine therapy, and autism service dogs–all of which save lives of children with autism. Whether you’re the parent of a child with autism, know someone who is, or you’re a concerned citizen, we need your help. Every Owl you take home helps this amazing cause keep children with autism safe so help them out today!

Massachusetts Advocates for Children

Massachusetts Advocates for Children is a private non-profit organization dedicated to being an independent and effective voice for children who face significant barriers to equal educational and life opportunities. MAC works to overcome these barriers by changing conditions for many children while also helping one child at a time. No Boys Allowed is a fun way to help MAC keep doing what they do best - helping one child at a time!  
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    Logan

    19 years old

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    The Artist

    Jack

    45 years old

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    The Artist

    Justin

    32 years old

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    The Artist

    Brooke

    12 years old

Logan is a recent high school graduate and a minority owner of Paper Clouds Apparel. We met Logan virtually when he contributed art for a campaign and have enjoyed every moment of working with him and his incredible family! Logan's mom, Allyson, chronicles their lives on her Facebook page, The Crumb Diaries. Logan has a fantastic sense of humor, optimism that is unbreakable, and love for all of the people (and many animals) in his life.    

Jack Carl Anderson has Autism and works with his husband, Michael, mentoring children with autism through their organization - Michael Tolleson Savant Art Center in Seattle. You can learn more about Jack and his amazing organization on their facebook page - Michael Tolleson Savant Art Center.

Justin is 32 years old and works at a wood shop in a supported vocational program in Tucson, Arizona.  Justin loves to exercise, draw pictures, listen to music, and anything fireman related.  He is close with his family (especially his uncles!) and enjoys spending time with them while rock climbing and canoeing.  Justin has a dog, Koty, and two cats, Jacob Marley and Jordin Sparks.  Justin has a diagnosis of Down Syndrome with Autism Spectrum Disorder but his disability certainly does not define him!!

Brooke is a twelve year old middle schooler. She is generous, affectionate, funny as all get out, and, as you can see, a talented and prolific artist. She was diagnosed with classic autism at the age of three and, while she struggles with certain aspects of the disorder, she takes pride in being autistic and sees her autism as an integral part of what makes her the incredible kid that she is.


Throwback to the Holidays

November 30 - December 13

This December brings us back together with a select few of our favorite causes: The Crumb Diaries, Epic Battle Foundation, & PeppedUp! We here at Paper Clouds love not only these causes but also the artists & the art they created! This holiday season we want to give in a new direction - back to you! It is our deep belief is that our PCA family is going to come together behind these causes. If we can raise $5,000 over the next two weeks then Paper Clouds will include a secret gift in every box that ships out.
As you probably know, our process can take a little while but we will be shipping out "Throwing Back to the Holidays" so that it will arrive at your door before December 24!

Crumb Diaries

The Crumb Diaries is a blog from a wonderful woman who conveys the journey of her and her son Logan. "Logan is undiagnosed - but not because we haven’t searched high and low for answers. He has had extensive testing with some of the finest doctors in our area, and I am confident if anyone could give us a diagnosis, it would have been them. This is something I have dedicated my entire life to, we just haven’t found the answer yet." Every bit of help that you send Logan, with the purchase of his Skull, Angel, or PCA Logo, makes you part of their journey.

Epic Battle Foundation

The Epic Battle Foundation provides material support, education, and community awareness to families with children battling cancer. They are a 501(c)(3) organization, dedicated to helping children and families battling childhood cancer. Their primary purpose is to connect families that have children battling cancer with the resources they need to fight the battle of their lives. Every time you take home Nick's Tattoo you help Epic Battle Foundation help another family in need!

PeppedUp!

PeppedUp! is an exciting cause that provides children in the hardest fight of their lives shouts of excitement and enjoyment. With the provision of tablets & laptop computers, kids battling cancer can find some distraction playing games, reaching out to friends and family via social networks, or even video chat! With PeppedUp! these kids can also keep up on their schoolwork so they can graduate with their classmates. Grab a Ladybug today & wear your support for everyone to see!
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    Logan

    19 years old

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    The Artist

    Nick

    16 years old

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    The Artist

    Aleyna

    6 years old

Logan is a recent high school graduate and a minority owner of Paper Clouds Apparel. We met Logan virtually when he contributed art for a campaign and have enjoyed every moment of working with him and his incredible family! Logan's mom, Allyson, chronicles their lives on her Facebook page, The Crumb Diaries. Logan has a fantastic sense of humor, optimism that is unbreakable, and love for all of the people (and many animals) in his life.    

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

Aleyna is a cancer warrior who has provided us with the lovable Ladybugs. Her battle through cancer has been aided by PeppedUp! and her artistic creation will keep it full circle with 50% of the proceeds going to help other children in need. Her strength can only be matched by her lovable personality!


Project Outreach Fairhope

November 16 - November 29

Project Outreach Fairhope is a growing organization and is very excited about the partnership with PCA. We truly believe all people have a right to experience the same things in life and that is what Project Outreach is all about. The main purpose of Project Outreach Fairhope is to establish meaningful relationships with students with multiple disabilities, provide social opportunities to support these meaningful relationships, and to raise awareness and funding for students with special needs.

Our students have shown just how easy it is to see past a label to the actual person. Shelby’s story allowed us to team with you, now we hope that teaming with Paper Clouds leads to even more awareness and acceptance in our community.

https://www.facebook.com/pofhs
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    The Artist

    Shelby

    18 years old

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    The Artist

    David

    15 years old

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    The Artist

    Sade’

    19 years old

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    The Artist

    Sarah

    14 years old

Shelby is an 18-year-old senior at Fairhope High School. She has cerebral palsy which affects her muscle tone and motor coordination. Shelby uses a power wheelchair for mobility and an ECO communication device when people have a difficult time understanding her. She loves to talk so she doesn't use it often! "Recently, I was crowned homecoming queen at Fairhope High School. It was so exciting and fun! It felt great knowing that my classmates voted for me. I am honored to be Fairhope High School's 2015 Homecoming Queen!"

David is a fifteen-year-old with Down syndrome who enjoys music, his three brothers, his dog Grace and going to church. He was not expected to live beyond age 5 and has a knack for overcoming odds of all kinds. His laughter is contagious, and he loves to dance and play the drums at his school's pep rallies and in parades with the band. He is a huge fan of Phillip Phillips and Meghan Trainor. David plays baseball, swims and has won medals at the local and state Special Olympics. He also does a lot of boogie boarding and seagull-chasing at the beach. David has helped hundreds of people face their fears and inspires others to have undying courage, faith and joy.

Sade' was born a on Friday evening on April 12, 1996 at 33 weeks to the proud parents of Darrell and Candi. At 9:06 PM, she entered this world weighing 8 lbs. 15 oz. - she was a big preemie. She was transported to a NICU Hospital where she spent only three weeks before coming home. Sade' is now 19, full of energy and laughter. She loves basketball, buying movies and being Little Bubbles the Clown. She knows how to make you day!

Sarah is a beautiful 14-year girl with 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome. Like so many with 22q, Sarah’s journey has been just as unique as the 180 different ways 22q symptoms can manifest themselves. You may be asking why? Well, here is why. Sarah wasn’t diagnosed until the fall of 2014. That’s right; Sarah was 13 when she finally had the name for what makes her such a rockstar! Sarah was born with a unilateral soft cleft palate that was surgically repaired at 6 months and again when she was 4 years old. She was later diagnosed with ADHD as a result of her inability to stay focused and on task in school. This never really added up & left us feeling like we were missing something. However, this all changed in the summer of 2014 when Sarah had her first seizure. During the process of ruling out any neurological abnormalities, we asked for genetic testing. Of the three that her doctors screened her for, one came back positive. The diagnosis was 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome. She now had a name for her uniqueness & with that name a new world of information flooded in. We discovered that cleft palates are common & that a large number of 22qts are indeed diagnosed with ADHD as well as some falling on the Autism Spectrum. But we also discovered that anxiety is a symptom & the effects on those that have it are debilitating. All of the things that previously gave her joy, now caused her great fear. For months after the seizure, she no longer slept by herself, baths & showers often caused complete meltdowns & being away from home after dark was frightening. But with the help of art, talking with family & lots of prayer, Sarah is overcoming her anxiety. She loves giving hugs & sharing her infectious joy with everyone she meets. She truly knows no strangers! All that know her love her. She enjoys drawing, painting & playing her violin. Most days you can find her outside catching butterflies, swimming in Mobile Bay or acting out all of the scenes from Disney’s Frozen. She makes the perfect Anna! Her design for Paper Clouds is from her heart & is a reminder to herself and others living with anxiety to “Be calm & let it GO!” To find out more about 22q, please visit the Dempster Family Foundation or Google 22q.


iCan House

November 02 - November 15

In our community, there exists a large population who live their daily lives with autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, PDD-NOS, and other social disorders. As they grow and experience a world created with rules that they may not understand, it is imperative that these unique individuals are provided with positive social models that care to help them grasp the social world in which they must live in. This is where iCan House comes in!

iCan House is a 501 c3 nonprofit organization registered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The iCan House educates, supports, and enhances the lives of those with social challenges and their families. We do so by teaching social and life skills using our own unique, interactive and engaging curriculum. We currently offer more than 8 programs and using this positive approach, we help members learn life, social, and independence skills. By doing so, our members also develop a sense of belonging and purpose.

Participants are often faced with bullying, isolation, debilitating anxieties, and depression. As children reach adolescence, eventually transitioning into adulthood, problems are likely to grow and worsen with no help. In attempts to eventually live independently, they can experience even greater social challenges, executive functioning challenges, and real life dangers. Unfortunately, our adults are often vulnerable and at risk of victimization and violation. Providing instruction in life, independence, and social skills can prevent such negative outcomes.

http://www.icanhouse.org
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    The Artist

    Brandon

    7 years old

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    The Artist

    Amber

    43 years old

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    The Artist

    Tasha

    13 years old

Brandon's mom would like to introduce him to everyone! "Brandon has many obstacles in his life related to autism. One way he has found that helps him cope with his everyday stress is to draw. He loves to draw and has since he was very young. He has a vivid imagination and loves to show everyone what he can do. With each picture he draws, it builds his self-confidence. So, please buy a shirt to help support Autism and Brandon's special passion."

Amber was diagnosed as autistic by her pediatrician when she was four, and had the typical struggles of autism, including with speech and social interaction. After eight years of post-secondary education, combining community and four-year college, Amber earned a Bachelors of Arts in History at Salem College, cum laude. In her senior year, at age 29, she also was able to obtain her driver's license, opening up more doors for gainful employment after years of getting around on a bicycle. Four years later, Amber was hired by N.C. Baptist Hospital and has worked there for ten years. Currently, Amber is at Forsyth Technical Community College getting an Associates in Applied Science, for Digital Effects and Animation, due to her newfound interest in art. She also hangs out with friends she has made at iCan House on a regular basis.

Tasha is a teen who has been diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum. She is a kind, compassionate, happy person despite the sometimes overwhelming stress and anxiety she feels in social situations. At iClub she is learning strategies to help her navigate through this social world of ours: how to make friends, successfully communicate, have self-awareness, and how to handle stress and anxiety. Tasha was adopted from China at 11 months old and she is the joy of her parent's lives. She loves animals and hopes you will enjoy this Chinese panda in honor of her.


Artists 4 Carson

October 19 - November 01

Carson just celebrated his second birthday a few months ago, and since then has been in and out of the hospital several times. He was admitted again for a twelve-day stay; to undergo treatments, testing and hoping for a diagnosis from a leading Children's Hospital for the disease plaguing his immune system. With his temperature spiking dangerously high on a regular basis and an alarming white blood cell count, his antibiotics being administered are both painful and extremely expensive.

Both of his parents work hard, and there has been either mommy or daddy at the hospital while the other is at work since admission over a week ago; along with Carsons older sister Chloe visiting- but that still means they're losing one full-time income. Hospital expenses have exceeded forty thousand dollars.

Please lend a helping hand to a wonderful family, all help is so deeply appreciated. If you're unable to donate, please share on your social media. Thank you


-----UPDATE---

He has been released home for outpatient care, returning to the hospital tomorrow and then again in a few days for more treatments while also having home health care and therapy.

He is facing dysphagia, on top of heart abnormalities, sensory processing disorder, and possible autism. This poor guy has had quite the rough run so far.

The financial situation is now dire to say the least, between losing one full-time income so a parent could be with him for his 12-day stay in the hospital and the medical bills that have since accrued. We aren't sure of exact numbers, but the average daily stay for a hospital bed is $3,500 in thy hospital... Which adds up to $42,000 before all of the procedures, receiving intravenous antibiotics every 4 hours, and a massive amount of testing that is still ongoing.

Let's call in all favors and make a million IOU's - Let us unite and make beautiful things happen for this family.

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    The Artist

    Jessica

    23 years old

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    The Artist

    Lauren

    23 years old

Jessica is an illustrator and realism artist focusing on graphite and ink. She studied Fine Art in Manhattan and then transferred to Rowan University studying narrative illustration. Jess thrives to bring imagination to a piece. She has sold over 14 original pieces of work around the country and 4 other countries. She works freelance and is a guest artist for multiple companies including Ivy Longboards. "Speaking through my artwork is a big part of me as well as having a big heart and helping others. When I was asked to help out in any way for Carson I knew I'd want to join in by doing the one thing I love the most. It brings me so much happiness to share my work and knowing I can help this bright young spirit with it brings me joy. I am honored to be donating my work to a company who's helping out this child and family any way they can."

"My name is Lauren and I work full time as a graphic designer. Upon hearing about the 'Artists 4 Carson' campaign from one of my best friends, Jess, I instantly wanted to get involved. Even though I work a full time and part time job, I still wanted to take the time to make sure I could contribute something to help Carson raise money. This is simply an opportunity that I could not pass up and I am absolutely honored to be involved with such a project. I enlisted the help of my 12-year-old brother and came up with two designs I think could be appealing to all ages. I really hope Carson likes my designs and I truly hope we are able to raise a great deal of money."


International Down Syndrome Coalition

October 05 - October 18

The International Down Syndrome Coalition (IDSC) is dedicated to helping and advocating for individuals with Down syndrome from conception and throughout life. They promote the dignity and respect of individuals with DS and assist the families who love them. They provide support, education and connection to other families as well as to local resources. The IDSC operates and advocates independent of any political cause or religious affiliation and we welcome all to our community.
http://www.theidsc.org
  • Dan-site

    The Artist

    Dan

    21 years old

  • Kamryn-site

    The Artist

    Kamryn

    13 years old

  • Madison-site

    The Artist

    Madison

    15 years old

  • Justin-site

    The Artist

    Justin

    32 years old

Daniel was born with trisomy 21. He is a happy go lucky kinda of guy. He brings so much joy and laughter to everyone he meets. He is very involved with several community projects. He has several nicknames that included Honey Badger, Dan Dan the Minion Man, and Dan the Man. He is a popular guy at his school and was recently named prom king by his fellow students. He always exceeds every expectation and breaks down many walls of communication. His love knows no boundaries. He can be followed on his Facebook blog called Chromosomal Chronicles.

Kamryn is a 13-year old with Down Syndrome who loves to laugh, be silly, spend time with her family and pet dogs. She enjoys cooking, bike rides, and listening to music. Kamryn loves Bruno Mars and knows all the dance moves to the video of “Up Town Funk You Up”. She is a Special Olympic athlete who swims both freestyle and backstroke and has won multiple medals at the State level. Kamryn is a loving and affectionate teenager who cares deeply about her family and friends and never fails to keep people laughing. Her love for others is a gift and an inspiration to all who know her! Kamryn has contributed the Alien to this campaign!

Madison is 15 years old and lives in Las Vegas, NV with her family and dogs Roxy and Joey. Madison is currently a sophomore at Faith Lutheran High School where she participates in choir and sneaks all the french fries she can get. Her love for music, singing, art and dance is utterly infectious and has led her all the way to Disneyland’s Christmas Parade with her dance team Move Performing Arts. Madison is incredibly independent, silly and constantly full of attitude and jokes, and she inspires everyone around her to see the world in a more colorful light. Her Hippo is here for you!

Justin is 32 years old and works at a wood shop in a supported vocational program in Tucson, Arizona.  Justin loves to exercise, draw pictures, listen to music, and anything fireman related.  He is close with his family (especially his uncles!) and enjoys spending time with them while rock climbing and canoeing.  Justin has a dog, Koty, and two cats, Jacob Marley and Jordin Sparks.  Justin has a diagnosis of Down Syndrome with Autism Spectrum Disorder but his disability certainly does not define him!!