Team Aiden wants to raise awareness
Wed, 06 Aug 2014 23:51:56 GMT —
One in 68 children will be diagnosed with autism in the United States. The Happs family of knows those odds quite well.
They say those odds have become their miracle in the form of their son Aidan.
And more than likely, you will not find someone with a bigger Disney Cars collection than this young boy.
He can name more than 70 cars all thanks to his photographic memory.
"He'll tell you every name of them, Jenna Happs, Aidan TMs mother said.
You read him a book once, he's gonna tell you, when you sit there and open up a book the next time, he's going to tell you front to back what that book says without even looking at it and he can't read," Chad Happs, Aidan TMs father said.
Those characteristics are usually associated with someone with autism, and yes, Aidan has it, but his family didn't know it at first.
"Figured out he had duplicated DNA inside his 15th chromosome, which what that means, we're not really sure because it TMs so rare but a lot of kids with duplicated DNA inside their 15th chromosome have autism or are more likely to have autism," Jenna said.
Over the years, they have learned how to deal with Aidan's autism, but it hasn't been easy.
"Biggest fear was probably would have lost him, you know I mean, what we are dealing with now is normal stuff, not normal for anybody else but it is normal for us we've just dealt with it for long enough," Chad said.
So his family came up with the idea of Team Aidan. It's a group that raises awareness about autism so that others will understand.
"We've been at a couple of restaurants were we've had bad looks, snide remarks, and that's not a good thing to handle either," Chad said.
The group is in its second year and they believe they are getting the message across.
"You know of course you are not going to get to everybody out there but if you could at least get to a small portion of people, the more people they tell, you know maybe it will change something, Chad said.
Team Aidan is hosting a its second annual Team Aidan Run/Walk on Saturday, August 16 in Rand Park in Keokuk.
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