Little Buddy - Not So Little Anymore

January 6, 2010 - 8 years ago today Devan was diagnosed (officially) with Autism. Kev & I knew long before we were told by a developmental pediatrician that he had Autism. We knew! No one listened but we knew. “He is a boy” - this is what one of the most well known pediatricians in Atlanta kept telling us. WE KNEW!

Devan is now 11 years old. We have spent $100’s of thousands of dollars advocating, healing & educating our son. Devan still struggles with things that majority of 5-7 year olds have mastered. Devan also surprises me everyday with all the new things he learns.

My favorite things are the things I learn from Devan daily. He teaches me patience when I need it most. He teaches me to put others first bc he needs my assistance. He has taught to me to keep going no matter what bc that is what he does everyday. Devan is #BEingSOMEBODY everyday.

My boy is not your typical 11 year old 5th grade boy BUT he loves any kind of ball, throwing, catching, jumping, running, chasing, etc... he loves to be around other kids. Swimming in the pool or ocean or jumping on the trampoline - this where Devan is most happy. Oh yeah & playing on his iPad.

We have already had a long journey. It’s exhausting but as long as he keeps going & pushing we will do the same. We started a GoFundMe a few years ago. It has grown grown quite a bit over the years. I’ve started a new one bc it needed to be updated bc times change. Devan’s Autism never stops & we not stop either.

“It takes a village to raise a child. It takes a child with autism to raise the consciousness of the village,” Coach Elaine Hall

“The most interesting people you’ll find are ones that don’t fit into your average cardboard box. They’ll make what they need, they’ll make their own boxes,” Dr. Temple Grandin

“Life is… not about counting the losses and the lost expectations, but rather swimming, with as much grace as can be mustered, in the joy of all of it,” Leisa Hammett

We are grateful for any donation or prayers towards Devan’s education & future. He is our Mr Incredible!

All our love,
Dawn & Kevin Lyon


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Dawn Devlin Lyon 
Smyrna, GA
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