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Funds raised will be used for Chance's therapy costs not covered by insurance. He is 3 years old and needs 30 hours of ABA therapy a month.

Chance has severe autism and turned three years old on January 28, 2012. He is so full of hope and I know he is able to live an independent, fulfilling life given the therapy he needs, his greatest need right now is Applied Behavior Analysis therapy (also called "ABA therapy", it is the behavioral and communication therapy he needs).

All I pray for in my lifetime is to hear my son speak whatever he wants to share. He currently has the receptive communication level of a 10 month old, and the expressive communication level of an 8 month old. Chance is currently 3 years old. He says a few words, but confuses them and his frustration leads him to injure himself. He does not like hurting others, so instead he either bangs his head or injurers himself in another way (slapping, pinching, etc.).

Early intervention is critical and Chance is three years old. We currently find ourselves at the fork in the road where he could either be confined to being non-verbal, in a helmet due to self-abuse stemming from frustration from communication challenges, and needing continual care or accessing the therapy he needs to provide him a life of health and independence. If we are able to raise the funds for Chance's therapy he needs, he will have a great opportunity to live a happy, independent life. This age is crucial to start this therapy, as ages birth to five years old is when the most brain growth occurs and therapy will be most effective. Chance ABA therapy is not insured because his father was injured in Iraq during his second year-long tour in the Marine Corps. The Marines currently only cover this therapy for children whose parents are active duty only.

Chance is also on a special diet (no gluten, dairy, or soy) due to his allergies. Please see photo located on the left-hand side of this page to see Chance's reaction when exposed to these foods.

Between Chance's many therapies, doctors, and special foods I am looking for help funding his ABA therapy, as it is the most important tool he can have to reach his developmental milestones. I currently pay out of pocket for Chance's ABA therapy, but due to the cost and amount of therapy he has been prescribed (30 hours a week), the medical bills and debt are becoming unbearable. The average cost of one year of ABA therapy for a child with autism is $30,000 a year.

Please feel free to email me at chanceforrecovery@yahoo.com with any questions you may have on his progress or if you would like to donate in a way other than paypal. You do not need a paypal account to donate to this fundraiser.
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