In January of 2018 our son, Knox was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, and he was 2. Knox is wonderful. He is loving and is full of joy. Like many toddlers, he enjoys playing outside and loves animals. He is unique and genuinely full of life.
Truthfully, when we first found out the diagnosis, it was daunting. This is not something you plan for. We know that autism does not define Knox. He is still the same wonderful child that we love so much. Knowing his diagnosis only helps us navigate the road ahead. In retrospect this experience has been one of the most enlightening experiences we have ever faced, it put everything into perspective for us as parents. This was the beginning of our journey. We searched through many schools till we found a program that would offer interventions and the care he needed. Although this would come at a cost, it was completely worth it.
Last year, I created a campaign in his honor. I am an artist, and I commissioned 100 pet portraits for my son. If you are reading this, then you will see on my website that pet portraits are my specialty. The campaign was called #100paintingsforknox. It was the most fulfilling work I have ever done as an artist. With the extra income from our campaign, we could comfortably pay for the cost of his tuition and any other expenses without worry. I worked the entire summer to finish the paintings. It was amazing.
Knox has been in the program since June of last year and is doing so well! He is in an inclusive classroom where students with and without disabilities learn together. It is a year-round school that offers speech, occupational and music therapy. He also has specialists with him the entire day to work through any challenges he may face. The teachers and staff at his school, are so good with Knox. We get daily reports, and he is talking and growing so fast. We couldn’t be happier with his progress and all of the loving people who touch Knox’s life on a daily basis. We are also endlessly grateful for those who donated and made this possible. It has made a huge difference in his life.
The recommendation is that he continue this program for another year. So here we are again, creating a new campaign with the same mission, to give Knox everything he needs.
Here is how you can help:
- Order a painting
- Donate directly to the campaign
- Share this story with others
Our new campaign will be called, #100paintingsforknox2019.
OUR DEADLINE: June 30th, 2019
Email me to order or donate!
Thank you so much for taking the time to listen and for sharing our story.
To read about our previous campaign:
I have OFFICIALLY painted 100 paintings for my Knox! I feel very accomplished. Thanks again to everyone who ordered. I have a few more paintings to complete that are also a part of the campaign and I will post them once they are done. #100paintingsforknox was a huge success!
100 PAINTINGS SOLD! I am almost done delivering the last of the 100 paintings. Here is an update in pictures and another THANK YOU! We actually sold a little over 100 for the campaign and we couldn’t be more grateful. Check it out!
I would like to take a moment to thank everyone who shared our story, purchased a painting or donated to our campaign. I started the #100paintingsforknox campaign because I knew I had to do something. My son has autism and needs interventions now. What we can offer him today is only possible because of this campaign. He is getting the attention and care he needs. I am completely overwhelmed with love and gratitude. I still can’t believe I did it! I sold over 100 paintings! I have endlessly cried happy tears.
So, I will end with this. We have hope for Knox and his future. He has already shown great progress, and this is only the beginning of the journey. This is the best thing I have ever done. I have seen humility at its finest. I have heard many stories of hope and I have met wonderful people. I am proud that I created something that will have a lasting effect on so many, including myself. If I have to, I will do it all again! We are going to continue doing what we need to do for our son. Thank you for being a part of it.
I am back to update you on our #100paintingsforknox campaign.
WE HAVE 86 ORDERS! YAY! I have painted about 60 paintings so far. I have a few weeks of summer left and I will be working hard to fullfill the orders I have as soon as possible. Knox is doing amazing. He is very happy at school and is getting all the help he needs. Thanks to all of you for your help with this campaign. We are almost there!
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64 PAINTINGS ORDERED!!!!!
Please keep sharing our story:
The goal is 100 paintings by July 31st. Thank you to those of you who have placed your order and shared our story. We feel very fortunate and Knox is doing well. Thank you!!!
I have been very busy thanks to so many who have shared our story. Just wanted to share a few photos of the progress I’ve made. Keep sharing! We are almost halfway there. Paintings are being ordered daily!
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And so it begins…We have had a tremendous response to the campaign! I started painting this weekend and feel incredibly grateful. Thanks to those who have shared, ordered and donated. This journey has just begun! I look forward to a busy summer doing what I love for Knox. Stay tuned! #100paintingsforknox
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Today is the start of my 100 PAINTINGS campaign. The goal is to sell 100 PAINTINGS before the deadline of July 31st. My motivation for the campaign is my son Knox. I will be blogging and documenting our progress through my website.
In January our son Knox was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Since the diagnoses we have been working to help Knox through therapy and early interventions. So far, this experience has been humbling. We have met wonderful people along the way. There have also been moments of sheer panic and anxiety. A lot of moments when you question why this is happening. Will he get better? What will our future look like? Then of course Knox does something truly amazing, like blurting out his first sentence without our help. It is in these moments that we are uplifted and our worry starts to disappear. Knox is incredible and has done so well. He meets new people on a regular basis now. He has had evaluation after evaluation and at first what seemed to be very uncomfortable has turned into a routine for him. He’s quite the social butterfly. Knox has people smiling when he greets them and he blows kisses on his way out the door. They love him!
Knox has been at home for the past 5 months and our search for a new school has begun. We found a wonderful program at the JCC in Houston called STARS. This is an early childhood intervention program designed to enable preschool children with special needs. Knox will get speech, language therapy and the occupational therapy that is recommended for him. He will also be integrated into a traditional preschool classroom over time. We are thrilled! Although financial aid has been made available to us, we need a little more help to offset the cost of tuition. Autism is treatable and we have hope that Knox will just keep improving. We have already seen improvement. Children with autism do progress, but early intervention is key! We know that this is the right place for Knox to get what he needs at his age.
Those of you who know me personally know that I am a painter. More specifically, I am a painter of pet portraits. I have also been teaching art for ten years. Summer is coming and I have been looking for work. In my mind I envisioned a job that would help us through this. On my search, I realized and asked myself, “Why not do what is completely natural to me?” And so, this is where my 100 PAINTINGS Campaign started. This will support one of the most important causes I have ever supported, our Knox. One of the most meaningful goals I have ever had. I have never been so motivated!
So, what are the many ways you can help:
- Buy a painting
- Donate money for supplies
- Donate directly to the cause
- Share this with friends
- Pray for our family
Something cool happens when you share your story. You find people who have similar experiences. People become more understanding, compassionate and you find people who want to help in any way they can. We have seen this firsthand. We are grateful to everyone who has helped us so far. We know that Knox will do great things. On behalf of my husband Mike and myself, thank you for taking the time to listen.
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