I’m working on a story called Autism’s Angel. It’s the story of a Spokane boy with Autism who died from an unrelated heart defect. Now, in memory of their son Isaac, Reed and Holly Lytle are helping other autistic kids get the treatment they need. In covering the story I learned insurance covers a very small portion of the recommended treatment. Doctors recommended Isaac get 30 hours a week of therapy. The Lytle’s say their insurance covered 60 hours a year. Understandably, the news sparked frustration among the parents who so desperately wanted to get their son the help he needed. Holly quit her job. The Lytle’s turned their basement into a therapy center. And before he died, doctors said Isaac was making tremendous progress because of the family’s hard work and dedication to improving Isaac’s well being.
However, not all families with autistic children can make the sacrifices that the Lytles did. That’s why they’ve started the Isaac Foundation, to help families get their kids the treatment they need. In just one year, the foundation has raised over $40 thousand and has awarded 18 therapy grants to Autistic kids. And the Lytles have done all of this while still mourning the death of their son.
You can see Autism’s Angel on KXLY 4 News at 6 next Thursday July 31st.
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