August 10, 2011
By Autism Society
When George Hubbs’ 10-year-old daughter Shealyn was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, he knew he had to do something to raise funds and awareness. This weekend, the New Jersey resident will host a 72-hour radio marathon on his online radio station, Revolution FM. His goal is to raise at least $5,000 for the Autism Society. You can help his cause by clicking here to donate to this event.
As he prepares for the event, George took the time to answer some questions from the Autism Society:
Tell us about your daughter, Shealyn.
Shealyn is a typical 10-year-old happy-go-lucky girl who likes to play tennis (she even attended tennis camp this summer) and loves her pets, Harriet the hermit crab and Ralph the creepy, crawly scorpion. She is also creative with art and enjoys various styles of music.
What was your next step after learning she has Asperger’s Syndrome?
When I heard the results of the evaluation, my first reaction was “What does this mean and what do we do now?" Of course, I was very upset and scared too. But I took things in stride, educated myself as much as possible and really made sure she stayed on her routine. Getting the proper help, being educated as a parent and showing positive support are the most important things and key to making Shealyn comfortable with her condition.
Why did you decide to hold this marathon to raise funds and awareness for autism?
I wanted to come up with a way I could use our Internet radio station as a tool, not only to raise money, but also help spread awareness of autism. The topic, of course, is very near and dear to my heart now. Since the diagnosis, I have found that I know quite a few people who also have loved ones with autism, and that made it more of a mission for me.
What is Revolution FM?
Revolution FM is a non-profit online radio station that I started in March with a lot of help from good friends. I enjoy entertaining people, and this was one way I could reach out and share my love of music.
Why should people tune in? And what can they expect?
I plan on not only using the event for entertainment, but to raise awareness as well. People should tune in because it will be 48 hours of music of their choice by request and, at the same time, benefit a great cause. Hopefully, we will reach our fundraising goal, but even more importantly, give people a better perspective of what the Autism Society provides.
How is Shea preparing for the marathon?
Shea is very excited about the marathon and has been involved in the planning. She helped me make commercials advertising the marathon that are currently playing on air and even wants to be a guest DJ when it starts this Friday, August 12.
Why did you choose the Autism Society as the benefactor of your efforts?
When I started becoming familiar with autism, I found that even in this day and age with the Internet, it wasn't easy getting the answers I needed. That is when I came across the Autism Society website. This was also when I thought of the idea for the marathon.
Don’t forget to tune in August 12-14 to Revolution FM to support George and the Autism Society! Don't forget to DONATE!
Topics:Events, Living with Autism
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