Son-Rise Caden!
$5,588 raised
112% of $5k goal
47 contributors
40 Weeks running

Caden is 11 years old going on 12. At a doctor's appointment for for a long drawn cough at the age of 2, the doctor highlighted that he displayed the typical red flags for Autism. He was not responding to his name or giving eye contact. We learn that he was displaying what was known as stereotypical behaviours of Autism; the hand flapping, the walking on his toes, the avoidance of eye contact etc. He was there one day and then the next, we were told here was nothing much we can do except to get a diagnosis to get him a place in a special needs school.

2 years ago, we chanced upon the Son-Rise Program. It changed our view of Caden, his potential and his ability to contribute to society. Our beliefs have changed. We believe in our boy. In the 2 years in this journey, we see steady improvement in his interactions with us. Imagine, this was a boy who only spoke when he needed his needs met. There was little spontaneous speech. Today, he would approach us to read books with him, enjoy our hugs and even ask questions. Yes he asks us questions. Now, we have hope in his future.

In these 2 years we have recruited volunteers, attended all the local/nearby courses available regarding the Son-Rise Program, and have decided to go full time on the Son-Rise Programme at home. We even took Caden out of the school, a school we have waited almost a year to get in. Angela has stopped working to focus on Caden's program.

Now we believe that we have reached the ultimate stage in Caden’s program – The Intensive. The Intensive is a 5 day intensive training for parents implementing the Son-Rise Program held in the USA. Caden would be working with the awesome facilitators for 5 days at the Autism treatment Center of America while we are being trained to play with him. The program would increase the effectiveness of our program for Caden. We are hopeful that The Intensive would accelerate Caden’s recovery journey as he enters into puberty.

However, The Intensive would cost us S$30,000…yes it’s a hefty amount, thus for this fundraiser which we would use solely for the programme fees. We thank you in advance for your generosity and giving us hope to press on with the journey.

We believe in Caden! Join us to celebrate the beautiful gift of Caden and support us as we continue to recover our child.

To thank you for your generosity, we are creating and printing a 2017-2018 calendar of Caden's artwork for those who donate $100 and above. Other donations will received a personally signed postcard of one of his drawings. :) hehehe.

Angela will also be running for the first time in her life, a half marathon in her effort to raise funds. She will be taking part in the 2XU half marathon this April. Pls support her as she aims to complete the run.

Thank you in advance.

Gratetfully yours, Caden, Angela and Lionel

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