Hey Yardbarkers! I'm excited to start my blog here. I want to tell you about an event I have coming up...
I am hosting a red carpet poker event on March 14 during spring training in Arizona. The event is benefitting TACA (Talk About Curing Autism) to assist families affected by autism, including my own.
My brother Carlton is one of more than 1.5 million people affected by autism. The news of his diagnosis was a horribly confusing blow to me and my family. I always wanted a little brother that I could play ball with, but Carlton's impaired ability to socially interact and communicate made it impossible for that to happen; he's often too nervous to even spend time alone in the same room with most of us. We weren't aware of the various treatments available to children affected by autism, and until this point in my life I can't say that we would have had the resources necessary to obtain them. I don't want another family to have to feel that same void of a family member who's present. Since TACA, my view of autism as a hopeless, untreatable and incurable disorder no longer exists. My family and I are now on the path with TACA to bridge the gap of connecting families and the professionals who can help them.
Autism is the fastest growing disorder in our country and yet receives much less government funding than other diseases, this is why we need your support. These families need help, and TACA exists to provide it. There are many organizations that raise funds in the name of autism, but TACA is the only national organization focused solely on family support, education and empowerment for the families. For those who have just received the autism diagnosis, TACA aims to speed up the cycle time from the autism diagnosis to effective treatments.
I am sincerely hopeful that you can help us bring a little luck to those who need it most? Visit anteupforautism for more information on how you can help.