I am sending you these boots to symbolize the fact that my son Colin will never be a third generation NYC Firefighter, Colin like 1.5 million other American children and young adults has Autism. Our children are getting older and the Autism debate is endless, I just left my sons school and had to step around a student having a “difficult” time sprawled out on the floor, we parents are heartbroken and angry that our beautiful kids are so tormented, they have no future, and we anguish over what will become of them when we are no longer around to care for them.
We need a cure, and we need your help, it won’t cost you a dime, just a few passionate words. We need you to be brave like my son and bold like President Kennedy when in dramatic and unforgettable fashion he challenged the scientific community of the day to put a man on the moon, his words were powerful and inspired our nation to one of the greatest achievements in human history. Our Autistic sons and daughters need you to push the scientific community of today the same way, inspire and challenge them to find a cure for Autism by the end of this decade. We need a champion and from where I’m standing saving 1.5 million lives plus future generations is a far greater achievement than putting a man on the moon.
Ask the X Prize foundation to set up a $10 million prize for our cure, if they are not interested we can raise the money ourselves through Autism Speaks the “A” prize, (Managing Editor's Note: Tim and I had a good laugh over that suggestion but maybe if the President asks, they'll "listen" so to speak) there are so many of us it will only be a few bucks a head. Attached is a check for the first $100.00 for the fund, and I will mortgage my house and liquidate every asset we have if needed.
The reason we need to go this route is simple, nothing has changed in the last 10 years, millions have been wasted on the same gene studies, and we are no closer to a cure. The CDC has stood by and watched the numbers of new cases grow with horrifying callousness. We need to get government and big pharma out of the way and put a bounty on Autism's head. I often think about the guys who came up with the HIV protocol they were denied grants and worked out of a garage in Jersey, these are the kind of people who will find our cure.
Autism parents are some of the greatest people I have ever met but we are not just a community of parents we are grandparents, brothers, sisters, teachers, friends and neighbors who are all affected by Autism, and we enthusiastically support anyone who helps our children. The rates are 1 in 88 ( 1 in 54 boys) now, 10 years ago they were 1 in 150, what will the numbers be when your beautiful daughters (who thankfully have already dodged the Autism bullet) are ready to have children 1 in 2? You will be helping your future grandsons and future generations, who will have to care and fund taking care of millions of disabled people. Throw down this gauntlet for all of us. See safeminds.org and if you get a chance talk to Rep. Dan Burton he is our only voice in congress. If you would like to meet to discuss,
Thank you, Timothy P. Dwyer
Tim Dwyer was a 20 year veteran of the NYPD and FDNY. He and his wife Maria testified in the Omnibus thimerosal test cases, are creators of the "Guns & Hoses Comedy event to benefit Autism education, were founding parents who helped open a school for ASD children in Long Island, Maria is a member of the communications committee for Safeminds.org their son Colin attends the QSAC day school in Queens NY.