We adopted our first child, Adam, over twenty years ago and he was diagnosed with autism at age 3.Â The last two decades have been filled with speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy in conjunction with his regular education in the public school system.
We know firsthand the enormous physical, emotional, financial and spiritual stress that raising a child with a disability places on a family and we are grateful that Adam is a happy and well-adjusted young man who works at The ARC of Southside.Â Through the years, Adam has taught us how to love unconditionally, to persevere in the tough times and to believe in the possibility of a bright future.Â Adam has significant communication deficits, yet â€œspeaksâ€ beautifully as he plays the piano by ear.
This quote aptly tells the story of the Hupp family:Â â€œOur family is a circle of strength and love, with every birth and every union, the circle will grow, every joy shared adds more love, every crisis faced together, makes the circle stronger.â€Â (Author Unknown)
On Saturday, April 21st, we will be participating in the 1st Annual Dan River Autism Awareness 5k at The Riverwalk located at Dan Daniel Park in Danville. Please join Team Piano Man, as well as the other teams, by registering to run or walk.Â Registration is now open at https://danriverautism5k.org or you can call (434) 797-5530 to obtain a paper registration form.Â Please join me in raising autism awareness in our community!
–Martha Loftis Hupp
Contact me to share your ideas for raising autism awareness or to join the 5k planning committee.
Latest posts by Lauren Mathena (see all)
- Me’s Burgers & Brews goes blue for autism - March 31, 2016
- Go Blue for Autism on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at the Danville Science Center - March 27, 2016
- Martinsville Physical Therapy to sponsor the 5th Annual Dan River Autism Awareness 5k - March 9, 2016