Something For My Children
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4 Years running
7.11.2013

May the Heavens hear my pleas...

My name is Norberto Colón. These are my sons, Otilio, 18, and Ramiro, who will be 16 in August. Both my sons are autistic. Otilio is very high functioning, and he just graduatedfrom NYC Museum ...
7.11.2013

May the Heavens hear my pleas...

My name is Norberto Colón. These are my sons, Otilio, 18, and Ramiro, who will be 16 in August. Both my sons are autistic. Otilio is very high functioning, and he just graduated from NYC Museum School with an Advanced Regents Diploma with Honors, a GPA of 4.0 (93.57%) and an Award for Perfect Attendance over Four Years (zero latenesses, zero absences). He also made Honor Roll five times in four years. Ramiro is more profoundly affected by Autism. He is also mentally retarded. It is very challenging to be a single father raising two special needs boys by himself, but I do what I gotta do.

On Christmas Eve, 2007, their beloved mother and my precious wife passed away most unexpectedly from an epileptic seizure. Since I have no family in New York to help me, I had to quit my job to stay home and raise my sons. We are on a fixed Social Security income, and Otilio’s check was recently terminated since he turned 18. We are applying for SSI and awaiting a response but in the meantime, we lose $500 a month income. We haven’t been anywhere in so very long. This summer, a friend invited us to stay at her house in Jacksonville FL for a week in August. The boys need this trip. I need this trip. I have taken a leap of faith and have purchased the plane tickets from Jet Blue for $485. But now, we have very little to get us to the end of the month. I appeal to your generosity, that I may get all or part of these tickets paid, and ease my burden so I can take the boys on a trip they so badly need and deserve. Thank you for your time. I hope you can render assistance. Amen.

Sincerely,

Norberto Colón
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