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Our hopes and prayers is to expand the horizons for DD. He is a sweet and tender-loving 9 year old Autistic boy. Please help bless our son.

This fundraiser is in honor of our sweet and dear autistic son Demmerah. He has been diagnosed with Autism since 2004. He has autism, ADHD, and hypospadias. When he was born in 2003, he was a miracle. Weighting a mere two pounds and three ounces. Doctors thought he would die before birth but God made a way for him to live.

It hurts when you can't go to the store as a family because people look and comment about your child and their behavior. Sometimes he is just too overwhelmed by the volume of people and noise in one place. My son tries so hard in school to learn things that are simple to us. The hypospadias makes it hard for him to use the restroom like a normal boy. He has to sit on the toilet. Hypospadias is a male birth defect in which the opening of the tube that carries urine from the body (urethra) develops abnormally, usually on the underside of the penis. The opening can occur anywhere from just below the end of the penis to the scrotum. My husband and I have brought him to a few doctors in our small city but the doctors do not want to perform the surgery. We do not have the finances nor a vehicle to travel to other cities to see if another doctor will take on this challenge of a surgery to repair his penis. I just want my son's life to be a little bit easier. He has faced so many challenges in his life but some we just can't win because of the cost. Please find it in your heart to help our dear son. Even though he doesn't talk, he love music, going to church, and playing with his sisters.

Our family car, which is a 1993 Ford Escort, has broken which makes it close to impossible to take him to his appointments and therapies. We also wanted to get a fence so he can play outside freely without the danger of running into the street. We live one house away from a major street where the drivers just drive so fast and reckless. I just want him to have the opportunity to play like other children. He also doesn't speak due to Autism. I've heard many rants and raves about the leapfrog leap-pad and the apple iPad, but being a low income family we can't afford to get him the electronics that help him with his speech and communication.

My husband is also a United States Army Reservist who has been unhonorably discharged for his injuries and could not fulfill his duties because of the accident that left him with damage to his heart. He has also been diagnosed with PTSD. He works very hard at a fast food restaurant to provide for our family of five but ends barely meet.

Our family believes that Jesus is a healer, but He also placed people on this earth to help and to bless those in need. I'm crying while I type this because sometimes life gets so hard that if feels like you can't make it, but there is that light at the end of the tunnel. One day just one sweet day there will be a cure for Autism.
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