Eureka, Ca., (KIEM)- A special friendship inspires Families Advocating Autism Now (FAAN) to create and hand out it’s first ever Junior Ally Award. At the Costumes and Cocktails Gala in October, FAAN celebrated allies (those who support and advocate for friends or loved ones on the autism spectrum). They presented the award for Autism Ally. Braedon Simpson was nominated for that award, but being under the age of eighteen he wasn’t chosen. Instead, he inspired a special kind of recognition all his own.
Braedon and Remington (who is on the Autism spectrum) are friends, and no matter what the challenge may be (at school or at play) Braden is always in Remy’s corner.
“Being a parent of a child with autism I would love for my son to have a friend like Braedon is to Remington. We wanted to, as a board, honor him in some way. Honor their friendship. We came up with the idea of making him an honorary junior autism ally, and giving them something fun to do together.” Rachel Williams, a FAAN board member explains.
In addition to a certificate, FAAN also gave Braedon and Remy gift cards for Bounce-A-Palooza in Bayshore Mall and held a pizza party in their honor.