Why We Play
In September 1996, our son Bryce, was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). At that time, many people had not heard of Autism, but that has changed today. With the latest statistic of 1 out of 68 children being diagnosed with ASD, it is the fastest growing serious developmental disability for children in the country, greater than AIDS, Diabetes, and Cancer. Over the past 6 years we have been blessed with a continued increase of participation and have raised close t0 $150,000 for Autism Speaks and The Marcus Autism Center. Autism Speaks (www.autismspeaks.org) uses these fund for their four pillars: Science and Research, Awareness, Advocacy, and Family Services. The Marcus Autism Center (www.marcus.org), now partnered with CHOA, helps those families here in Georgia.
This year Georgia has become an Autism Speaks Chapter which allows us to direct more funds, especially grants to those programs for our families, here in Georgia. With our son transitioned out of the school system (age 22), we found there is a lack of appropriate programs available for him. Our hope is to be able to support and help those interested in starting work and/or day programs that fit the different needs of individuals on the spectrum to give them fulfilling lives.
Thank you for your continued support and for joining us by "playing a round!"
Michael & Suzanne Wheeler