Elise Nielsen, Kihei
"Hopeful My son Chad's life is affected by a genetic disorder called Angelman's Syndrome, which severely disables his ability to communicate. I'm very hopeful for our June 22 fundraiser; that all the hard work and support we've been receiving from our friends and family, and the amazing community, will benefit Chad and help improve his quality of life. Hopefully, the new medicine from these Florida doctors is going to make a big difference, possibly allowing him to talk, or at least give him the coordination to communicate through sign language or other ways These new studies can help thousands with Angelman's and other forms in the autism spectrum. Very hopeful for the future, and thank everyone who's reinforced our family's hope for a happy life for Chad."
[Editor's note: See next week's "Blue Column" for more information about Chad's fundraiser.]