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The family and friends of Maximus Castillo are uniting to raise money help Maximus recive and pay for his therapies due to Autism.

The word autism means different things to different people. Maybe you have no idea what it is, or the concept is somewhat foreign. For me it's one special little boy. My love one and I have a son diagnosed with autism at an early age of 2 years old. There are many signs, but the main symptom is a communication issue. Children with autism most of the time has a hard time communicating, which leads to frustration. Their senses get overloaded, which leads to meltdowns. When you hear the diagnosis in some ways you are relieved that you finally know what is wrong but in another way you wonder what's next? Will he ever grow up to be normal? Will he have friends? Will he marry? Does he even know that I love him? There is a feeling of helplessness that quickly replaces frustration.

There is no cure for autism and there are many different theories for its cause and treatment. Early diagnosis seems to be the key and I 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. He was once the boy that you could not touch or play with. He would not give or let you hug him, let alone he would not even look at you in the eyes. He was pretty socially unaware. He was not very communicative and very self-absorbed. It was really hard to be in his world, you would really have to flight to be in his world.

Now Maximus is going to 4 years old in September and is the opposite of all of that, Maximus is classified as High Functioning, He acts very much like other normal boys, but has a few behavioral problems, speech difficulties and other quirks. Because of the education and therapies available to him, we ae hopeful he will grow up leading a fairly normal life. I know that with God’s help, our family and his team of therapist, Maximus will live a fairly normal life.

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.

That’s why we as a team, Team HOPE for Maximus will be running in the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. To raise money and awareness so that Maximus can recive his therapies that he needs. As we now know that Autism is a long, hard and expensive battle to beat.

I hope you are able to sponsor us. It will be a struggle but nothing compared to the daily struggles faced by the individuals and families that battle Autism every single day. We would be honored if you could help us. As we run in the marathon weekend, you will be with us in spirit, and your sponsorship will inspire us to run stronger and faster to the finish line. 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!

Team HOPE for Maximus Castillo

**Members of team**
Michelle Flores - Walt Disney World Half Marathon Saturday January 7th 2012

Anthony Flores- Walt Disney World Goofy's Challenge!!
Walt Disney World Half Marathon- Saturday January 7th, 2012. Walt Disney World Full Marathon- Sunday January 8th, 2012. A total mileage of 39.3 miles!!!!!




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