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This fundraiser ended on 08/31/12

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This campaign is to help raise funds to help a single mother of four pay some of the mounting bills for her son that has Autism and ADHD.

My sons name is Justin. He is three years old and quite the handful! He was born third out four kids. Justin was always a very spirited and extremely sweet baby. He reached all of his milestones on time and even was ahead in the physical milestones in his first year. During his second year I started to notice that he was a little behind in his speech. He would also have very bad temper tantrums. At this point the pediatrician would just remind me that every baby develops differently and at their own pace. This would help reassure me a little, but in my gut I always felt like something wasn't right. At about the same time I noticed that his obsession with lights, ceilings fans and the wheels on his toy cars was not going away, but getting stronger. He constantly points at all light fixtures and repeats, “the light, look at the light!" As the time passed he became harder to handle and more violent. I finally got him an appointment to see a psychologist and she confirmed my fears, he had Autism and ADHD. It was heartbreaking but at the same time I was a bit relieved that she had put a name to his behaviors and symptoms. Unfortunately, there would be another blow dealt to the family. Soon after, my children’s father decided it was all too much for him and he left us. I haven't heard from him since, but his absence is felt in many ways. I have been left with a mountain of debt and bills and four children to take care of all by myself. With no family and no one to turn to I felt very overwhelmed and would often cry myself to sleep. I refuse to give up because my babies deserve better but it is so difficult with all the constant bills coming in for my son’s different types of therapies and rent constantly around the corner, I just don't make enough to keep my head above water. I am a Medical Assistant full time and at night I am going to school to get my Bachelors in Health Science. I have 8 more months to go and then it will become another bill on top of everything but I hope to find a better paying job with my degree. The insurance that I get from my job covers very little and some things it doesn't cover at all. I am reaching out to the public to ask for assistance in raising money to help pay for the numerous medical expenses and therapies. Anything that anyone can donate would go to helping me pay my sons bills.

Thank you from the Fernandez family
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