For those of you who don’t know Max’s story, I’ll repeat it. He is a boy, with autism, who lives just outside of Toronto. His mother has MS so his grandmother looks after him sometimes. He is a cheerful boy, who loves Elvis. He has a neighbour who thinks he should be euthanized, because he’s annoying.
His grandmother was sent an anonymous letter that made me so angry I literally couldn’t speak. Here is the letter:
I’ll give you a minute to start breathing again.
Thankfully, most people are on Max’s side. But his family, and other families like his could use our support.
There is a benefit concert being organized, to be held on October 12th. The community is organizing the event, in partnership with Autism Speaks Canada. We would like it to be as successful as possible, so we need artists to get behind this. With a big enough name, we could book a big venue. We need bands and celebrities to be willing to perform or speak. If you can’t perform or speak, a video message to Max and his family, even just “Hi Max!” would be amazing.
Help me get the word out there, guys. You can contact the community organizer (and my amazing sister-in-law) Patricia Williamson at email@example.com, or Katherine Digby at Autism Speaks Canada at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Max may not be able to speak, but it doesn’t mean he can’t listen.