Posted by: Autism Speaks | May 25, 2010

Donor Story – Reid

This is a guest post by Lisa Hoff.

My son, Reid, has raised money to support autism research at his middle school. He started this effort as he has a very good friend, Cole (seven years old) within the autism spectrum.

Reid is a very compassionate 13-year-old boy, who feels frustrated that Cole and his family work through the trials of autism on a daily basis. Reid wondered if there was anything he could do to help. He decided to do a fundraiser he calls, “PenCils for Cole.”  By using his own money to purchase pencils, he offers them for sale to the students in his school, with 100% of all money collected going to support autism research. As Reid set out on this plan, he found the difficult part was speaking in front of his classmates to share information about autism and present his idea. He perservered and made it through with the help of his teacher, Mrs. Seltzer. To date, he has raised $408.  (His goal was to raise $50) Reid presented this money to Autism Speaks on behalf of the Ambrosino Family at last weekend’s Walk in New Jersey.

Reid has discovered that one person can make a difference.  I am very proud of Reid and wanted to share this information with someone … YOU!



  1. I am so proud that Reid has supported his friend and found a wonderful cause to raise funds for. We all need to find something worthwhile to support and Reid has done that!

  2. Reid you are such an amazing person and I am so blessed that Cole has you as a friend. What a great mentor you are for Cole, Mia and other kids as well. Your decision to do this for Cole will be something that I will always remember. You have touched my heart and I am so happy to have you as a part of our family. Love ya lots!

  3. This is such an awesome story! Reid is an amazing person, I am going to “borrow” your idea since my son also has a very close cousin Mia with severe autism. As a family we are doing the Orange County Autism Speaks Walk coming up, and I know my son would jump at the opportunity to have the attention of the school on him =)

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