Thursday, October 22, 2009



Skating Coach & Mom of an Autistic Child Spins into Action to Pay for Uninsured Expenses

With the disappointing state of health insurance today, an innovative Olathe, Kansas family was required to seek alternate options to help pay for the exorbitant costs of their son’s Autism therapy. The mother, a figure skating coach, pulled all her resources to create a limited edition figure skating calendar with all potential proceeds going directly to the intensive treatment required by her 4 1/2 year old son Morgan Joseph Holmes.

The 2010 Figure Skating Calendar Is NOW Available for Pre-order!
This 12” x 12” full color calendar will be treasured by figure skaters young and old. It features uniquely decorated skates and includes significant competition dates (Olympics, Worlds and ISU Grand Prix Series) and birthdays of past Figure Skating Olympic champions. A minimum donation of $13 is being asked for The 2010 Figure Skating Calendar from now until September 30, 2009. Then, from October 1 forward, a minimum donation of $15 is being requested.

Morgan was diagnosed with Autism in 2007, and received 18 months of intensive Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy in home with significant positive results. The current cost of Morgan’s treatment is 25-thousand dollars per year. The family can no longer afford ABA therapy, and Morgan’s treatments have been put on hold while they raise additional funds. ABA therapy is not covered by most health insurance, and many families have out-of-pocket cost exceeding 50-thousand dollars a year.
Today 1 in every 94 boys born will be diagnosed with Autism, which is a mental condition present from early childhood. Autism is characterized by difficulty in communicating, forming relationships with people, using language and abstract concepts.

ABA is the science in which procedures derived from the principles of behavior are systematically applied to improve socially significant behavior to a meaningful degree and to demonstrate experimentally that the procedures employed were responsible for the improvement in behavior.

If you want to take action to help people with Autism or get more information about state and national Autism related legislation please go to to find out how you can help make a difference in your state and in Washington D.C.


For more information about 2010 Figure Skating Calendar go to or contact Katie Holmes at 913-738-4554, email, follow the subject on Twitter at mojoholmes or become a fan of on Facebook.

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