The CALL TO ACTION – A Memorial for Avonte

- Co-written with Gizelle Tolbert

It has been close to 10 months since Avonte Oquendo left his school, unsupervised, past security guards, through an unlocked door. It has been almost 7 months since the devastating conclusion to the search for Avonte.

I do not live in New York, I did not know this beautiful child. I do not know his family, but this story hit he straight in the heart and I did anything I could do from where I live to help in the search. I remember the fear, and the worry, wishing I could do more than just donating flyers, postage or posting and reposting his information –  and finally, I remember the heartbreaking, overwhelming and shocking feeling when he was found. All of it……… too close to home.

When Gizelle contacted me a few days ago asking if I would help in the effort to build a memorial for Avonte, all of those feelings came right back up to the surface.

As it has been said, Avonte, brought an entire city together. His disappearance brought an often, very separated Autism community together. It cast a spotlight on the problem of wandering/elopement of Autistic children and adults.  He has raised awareness to the issues that many families face in trying to keep their children safe. Our children should be safe, at all costs…………. Avonte should have been safe in school.

- Avonte Oquendo should me memorialized, in any and every way possible.

Please read below and lend your support to Avonte’s Memorial

– written by Gizelle Tolbert - “The one year anniversary of Avonte’s disappearance, October 4, 2014,  is less than three months away. #AvontesLaw may finally pass this week, but Avonte’s Memorial at Gantry Park  has stalled.  We need to come together to be sure that both of these items are approved.

That being said, we ask that you to share, post, call and write (have your friends and family do the same) the necessary people who can help make this happen.

Please e-mail, mail, tweet or phone your thoughts to every major network, radio station, newspaper and magazine.

Ultimately, Mayor Bill de Blasio will be the person to approve or not approve, therefore, let us post to the other media entities but more-so to the mayor’s office. I have provided the contact information for his office, Twitter and FB Account.

I would like to thank everyone in advance!

It has also been rumored that a song will be released on the anniversary day as well”. Contact: Mayor Bill de Blasio City Hall New York, NY 10007 Phone: (212) 788-3000

On-Line Contact Form: http://www.nyc.gov/html/static/pages/officeofthemayor/contact.shtml

Twitter: @billdeblasio FB: https://www.facebook.com/mayordeblasio

New York City Media Contact List  http://www.nytix.com/Links/TV/articles/newsmediacontacts.html

Additional Contact and e-mail addresses missing from the above list: CBS News – Chris Ender – VP -  cender@cbs.com 60 Minutes – Kevin Tedesco – Director kev@cbsnews.com NBC – http://www.NBC.com (on-line form)

If you would like to contact Gizelle, you can contact her on Twitter @candi_kizzez  or e-mail takeanotherstep@yahoo.com

Please let us all join together once more in Avonte’s name and memory…………

The CALL TO ACTION - A Memorial for Avonte

The CALL TO ACTION – A Memorial for Avonte

Call To Action

Call To Action

- Co-written with Gizette Tolbert

It has been close to 10 months since Avonte Oquendo left his school, unsupervised, past security guards, through an unlocked door. It has been almost 7 months since the devastating conclusion to the search for Avonte.

I do not live in New York, I did not know this beautiful child. I do not know his family, but this story hit he straight in the…

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The Bookstore Revisited…….

We love Salem, MA. It is one of the places, along with New York City, NY and Mystic CT, that we visit any time we have the chance. Salem has been our Halloween/October destination for many, many years. We also try to visit during the year when it is not as crowded. So we are in Salem a couple- three times a year, at the least.

DC has a “favorite book store” everywhere we visit, but the Derby Square Book Store is his all time favorite anywhere. We last visited Salem in April on Easter weekend. We were spending the weekend in Boston and decided to take a quick trip to Salem on Saturday. When we arrived at DC’s beloved bookstore, we were horrified to find that it was closed!

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Kathy Sue Wilcox was fearless, says her sister Karen. “I think of her as having the spirit of a tiger. She would climb ladders and go to the very top rung to paint high points on our house. She would play basketball with the boys and hold her own,” said Karen.

But on July 17, 1972, Kathy went for a walk in her home town of Otsego, Michigan and never returned home.

"She was a friend to all and it seemed to me everyone loved her," Karen said. "She was lovable, had an amazing silly sense of humor and personality. .. She was very happy-go-lucky and fun-loving."

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So what is causing autism in these children? The real answer is: We just don’t know. Not yet, at least. “There is no known single cause for autism,” explains the Autism Society’s website. And while scientists around the world are working to find a link, each time a new finding suggests possible contributing factors, what tends to proceed is an immoderate response that forgets that age-old dictum: Correlation does not equal causation. And that’s important, because in the past we have been wrong about autism, and sometimes with deadly consequences.

A year later……..I know we can’t have it both ways, but….

While driving DC and his friend to their first day of camp this summer; hearing her giggle in the back seat and watching DC “happy stim” in the front seat – both so excited to get to camp to see their “Camp Friends” again, I thought about the post I wrote last summer on their first day.

A year later, I feel exactly the same way. They were so excited to go and I felt sad that they can no longer spend their summer at camp as they used to because they are adults, out of the school system and in a work program. They have to use their vacation time to be able to attend camp for a couple of weeks every summer.

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