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Light It Up Blue for Autism in Stow

Eva Ricci, Chief Editor

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On Monday April 2nd, the Stow Community Center hosted the Light It Up Blue event in honor of National Autism Awareness Month. The event was put together by the Whalen family of Stow. Ty Whalen, their son, was diagnosed at the age of 22 months and the Whalen’s have become advocates of Autism awareness ever since. This event had significant importance to them and others alike, who share the desire to advocate for the acceptance of Autism.

In previous years, the Whalen’s had hosted the Light It Up Blue event at Clock Tower Place in Maynard but decided that it was time to move the event to their own town.

L-R: Kevin Whalen, Ty Whalen, Melissa Whalen, Dylan Whalen, State Rep. Kate Hogan

The event began with members of the community gathering to show their support. Merchandise was available for purchase as well as baked goods. Family Perpsectives Inc. (FPI), an ABA agency located out of Bolton, was present at the event and generously purchased all baked goods for those in attendance. The night proceeded with speeches given by Kevin and Melissa Whalen, who spoke passionately about their experiences with Ty and the importance of the cause.

State representative, Kate Hogan, made an appearance and presented the Whalen’s with a citation in recognition of the first Light It Up Blue event in the town of Stow and commemorating the 11th annual World Autism Awareness Day.

The night concluded with the exterior lights of the Stow Community Center turning blue; a touching moment for all involved. The event was a success and left all with a sense of unity. Autism affects families all over the world, but with community support and events like these, families know that they will never be alone.

 

 

 

 

 

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