Thanks to everyone who ordered and shared our story! We have decided to do something a little different this year and will no longer move forward with #100paintingsforknox2019 campaign. Knox is in good hands and we are ready for this next step in our journey. Love and blessings to you all!
Margaret, Mike and Knox
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 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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