The Judy Peterson Dance Studio has donated $2000 to Emily's Path from its recent contemporary production of The Nutcracker. Dance leader
Rose says, "We wanted to help a local organization and when I went online and saw Emily's Path www.emilyspath.org I knew this was the right one and the kids jumped in and got behind it."
Emily's Path was set up in memory of Emily Eaton who died in June of 2009 from the H1N1 flu virus. Emily had Aspergers Syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder. Though many people with autism suffer a disconnect from the world around them, family and friend's remember Emily as quite the opposite. Her father Dale remembers Emily as a spirited young girl, "She was one of the happiest people I ever knew. When we set up the foundation in her name, we wanted to be able to reach out to help other children in the giving spirit of Emily."
Those who oversee the fund say it has given away thousands of dollars to help children with special needs. Mary John says, "We find that often those families are so overwhelmed by the kindness of people reaching out to help them that they often pay it forward and reach out to help other families in need."