For the first seven years of his life, Danny Portillo Jr. and his family lived in dischord.
Danny couldn’t talk, frequently threw tantrums, and would harm himself. "It was frustrating, not knowing what he wanted," recalled his father, Danny Portillo Sr. "Danny was destroying the house."
On April 2, 2014, the Portillos realized that they were not alone.
That day, the family was listening to the News-Talk 92.3 KTAR "Action For Autism Radiothon" when they heard many families affected by autism share stories that reminded them of their 7-year-old son, Danny Jr., and the struggles he had communicating.
Inspired by what they heard, the Portillos drove to SARRC and donated $5.
Then, a breakthrough.
Within weeks of connecting with SARRC, the Portillos learned that Danny's behavior had a name – "autism spectrum disorders" – and he and his family promptly began intensive treatment.
Will you give more children like Danny Jr. the opportunity to make a breakthrough?
Throughout this year, Danny Jr., has received crucial services and therapies here at SARRC.
Now 8 years old, he no longer destroys the house or hurts himself. He is talking, and even said "Dad" for the very first time this year.
When you make a gift today, you will help families like the Portillos, and others in our community, to access SARRC's programs, classes and trainings.