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Making Life Better for People with Autism Through Joey's Fun


"We are both honored and humbled to be a part of our daughter's legacy of hope and healing for people living with autism. 

- Michele & Bob Gay

Families affected by autism want what every family wants - for their loved ones to be healthy, to learn, enjoy friendships, work, to live fully. Too often they struggle to find and afford effective interventions that will make all the difference throughout their loved one’s journey.  

This month, multiple New England families learned that they would be the recipients of a total of $50,500 in grant funding through the Flutie Foundation’s Joey’s Fund program, founded by Michele and Bob Gay. They established Joey’s Fund in 2013 to honor the memory of their daughter Josephine, a 7-year-old victim of the Newtown, Connecticut, tragedy, who lived her life on the autism spectrum.

These 49 families affected by autism will receive direct financial aid with grants ranging from $200 to $3,000. Funding will support a range of services that directly help families live life to the fullest, including fences to keep children safe from the dangers of wandering, karate lessons, exercise and sensory equipment and summer camp tuition and swim lessons, to name a few.

"This year, as so many families living with autism face cuts in support, our family is especially grateful to be a small part of supporting 53 young people living with autism," said Michele Gay, co-founder of Joey's Fund. "We are both honored and humbled to be a part of our daughter's legacy of hope and healing for people living with autism. With the generous support of so many, we hope to continue this work in her name through Joey's Fund!"

To date, Joey’s Fund has distributed over $375,000 to support 193 families impacting 250 individuals living with autism. Watch how one particular Joey's Fund family is living life to the fullest: 

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