From Grief to Giving
by Elizabeth Dyer, MA, CCC-SLP, ASAT Board Member
Melissa “Missy” Moyer of Sunbury, PA, was, among many things, a champion for autism. Working as a personal care aide in a local school with a child on the autism spectrum, she was dedicated to providing a positive, meaningful education to him. He became very much a part of her family. Sadly, on July 23, 2013, while visiting her close friends in Maine, Missy passed away as the result of a tragic accident. In her short 38 years she made a lasting impression on those she loved. Her younger sister, Megan, with help from Missy’s 13-year old son, Alex, organized a festival and motorcycle fun run to raise money for a memorial fund. Numerous vendors and bands donated their services and items and Missy’s life and legacy were celebrated.
Having learned from his mom the importance of love and compassion for others, Alex asked that the money raised by the motorcycle fun run be donated in his mother’s name to an organization whose mission is to support autism, and ASAT was selected. Our heartfelt thanks go out to Alex and his entire family for their very generous donation of $2,250 in memory of their wonderful mother, sister and daughter, Missy. This money will allow us to continue with our mission of providing scientifically-validated information regarding the treatment of autism.