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Family & friends of Max Castillo are uniting to raise money to help Max receive and offset the large expenses related to Autism therapies.

Maximus was 2 years old when he was diagnosed with Autism. Like a ghost in my beautiful boy’s body, our son was there physically but somewhere else mentally.

He wouldn’t look at us; he would look through us.

Learning how to get through to him became our mission.

Through the amazing power of the human spirit and through the purest love imaginable, we set off on our journey. Every morning we would wake up and say, “If we can give this child one more word, or one more skill to help him become more independent in this world, then we are doing our job”.

As our journey continued, we discovered Maximus was capable of learning and loving. Maximus loves his toy cars, go swimming in the pool and the ocean and be around family and friends. He is able to tell us his basic wants and needs throughout the day. Our journey is filled with hope as we celebrate even the smallest steps of progress.

Still, we want a cure or just even a medication that will help Maximus be able to function better in the world.

Early diagnosis seems to be the key and we feel really lucky that Maximus was diagnosis so young. Through hard work, dedication, and sacrifice from Bladimir, myself, our families, Maximus has done remarkably well. It’s truly amazing how far Maximus has come.

Facts on Autsim:
*Autism now affects 1 in 110 children and 1 in 70 boys.
*More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes & cancer combined.
*Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
*Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases.
*Boys are four times more likely than girls to have autism.
*There is no medical detection or cure for autism.

Team 2 The MAX! Will be running in the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend January 6th - 8th, 2012.

To raise money and awareness so that Maximus can receive his therapies that he needs. As we now know that Autism is a long, hard and expensive battle to beat.

By making a donation on our behalf, you are supporting and helping Maximus get the therapies that he needs. We know autism is treatable. The problem is that these therapies are very expensive and aren't covered by insurance.

Any donation you can do to contribute matters…it all adds up!

Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure and any amount would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks for your support -- and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!

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