This is a brief story of my son Logan and why we are trying to raise money to so that Logan can receive a Stem Cell treatment. Logan was 2 years 3 months old, when we saw a Neurologist's who "“ after a 30 minute appointment "“ told us "your son has Autism". We "“ like many families "“ were in disbelief. The doctor told us about the "chances" Logan would have in life 1/3 wind up in group homes; 1/3 in institutions; 1/3 will have a better life if they get Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA
) or Intense Behavior Intervention (IBI) and we should forget about Logan having friends or his own family. We left in such shock and with little hope. The only thing we knew about Autism was from the movie Rain Man. After that day our lives were never the same. We went to CHEO to meet with our Coordinator who had us sign and check boxes in order to put Logan's name on all the wait lists for ABA
/IBI; Speech; Occupational Therapy; Behavior and we were told again
how long the wait was for these funded programs and privately the costs for ABA
/IBI alone was between 40 to 50 thousand dollars a year. It has been 10 years since Logan's diagnose and we have endured more downs than ups; more challenges than most families will ever go through, we have tried every therapy (some of it quackery some of it not) BUT most important we have never given up. We want Logan to be a productive member of society not a drain. For our full story please go to www.wewillnevergiveup.com.