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Heroes come in all types – whether they are in a profession that cares for others, or just helping someone carry their groceries to their car, according to what is happening in the person’s life that they are helping, they are heroes at that time. Why do people become heroic? It could be that heroes have more compassion or empathy; maybe there’s a hero gene. We don’t know for sure. Simply put, then, the key to heroism is a concern for other people in need—a concern to defend a moral cause, knowing there is a personal risk, done without expectation of reward. How many times do we think “I should have done something about that,” yet we didn’t follow through. This month, I will just leave you with the lyrics to the song “Do Something,” by Matthew West. It’s been one of my favorites songs since it was released in 2012. Think about it. And then, why don’t you just do something? Whose life will you change today? May God bless you and yours – and someone else’s!

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I woke up this morning Saw a world full of trouble now Thought, how’d we ever get so far down How’s it ever gonna turn around So I turned my eyes to Heaven I thought, “God, why don’t You do something?” Well, I just couldn’t bear the thought of People living in poverty Children sold into slavery The thought disgusted me So, I shook my fist at Heaven Said, “God, why don’t You do something?” He said, “I did, I created you” If not us, then who If not me and you Right now, it’s time for us to do something If not now, then when Will we see an end To all this pain It’s not enough to do nothing It’s time for us to do something I’m so tired of talking About how we are God’s hands and feet But it’s easier to say than to be Live like angels of apathy who tell ourselves It’s alright, “somebody else will do something” Well, I don’t know about you But I’m sick and tired of life with no desire I don’t want a flame, I want a fire I wanna be the one who stands up and says, I’m gonna do something” We are the salt of the earth We are a city on a hill But we’re never gonna change the world By standing still No we won’t stand still No we won’t stand still No we won’t stand still

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Autism Is A Journey: The Binning Family Shares Their Story About Autism

By: Anne Granado

Like an ever-shifting shadow, autism is a disorder not easily grasped or understood. Most people know that it affects an estimated 1 in 68 people in the United States and that autism is more prevalent in boys than girls, but many do not realize how varied and different the disorder presents in each person. People with autism can be high functioning, low functioning, verbal, non-verbal, sociable, non-sociable, and everything in between, which is why it is called a spectrum disorder. When you talk to parents of autistic children, no one experience is the same. The commonality between all their stories is a lack of support, a lack of understanding, and a sense of relief at the diagnosis that finally put a name with the symptoms the parents had already been dealing with. Across the board, there is a call for more awareness and more understanding of this complex disorder. Stacey Binning

has never shared the story of her son’s struggles with autism beyond her close circle of family and friends, but she hopes that by opening up, she can explain the trials that her beloved nine-yearold son has to face and overcome on his journey to be “normal.” “I may not be an expert on autism, but it is my hope that in sharing what it is like in our house, I can enlighten others, and we can move towards more awareness and acceptance,” Stacey says. “Our son Thomas is caring, kindhearted, helpful, and sweet. He’s loving, and there’s something about him that makes everyone like him the first time they meet him. There are kids and teachers at school who have never had Thomas in their class, yet they know who he is and talk highly of him. He has a gentle soul. He can be a stinker at times, but he is one amazing kid.” Stacey and her husband, Donald, are the parents of

Thomas and Isaac. Thomas was diagnosed with autism in the first grade. However, their journey began long before that. Stacey moved to Texarkana in 2001 and began attending County Avenue Baptist Church (now Northern Hills Baptist Church) and singing in the choir. She and Donald, the public works foreman for the City of Wake Village, would see each other in the choir room, and in 2006, he asked her out to lunch. The two hit it off, but Stacey was hesitant to agree to a second date because Donald was a divorcee and the father of two teenage girls. She decided to give him a chance, and five months and one week later, they were married. Thomas was born in July 2008, and younger brother, Isaac, arrived in November of 2010. “Our lives were enriched by the birth of our boys,” Stacey says. “We cannot imagine doing anything without them. We truly enjoy spending as much time | April 2018 013

as possible with the boys, whether it be hiking, fishing, hunting, playing ball in the yard, or snuggling up on the couch watching a movie.” Stacey describes Thomas as a “great baby, easy going, happy, full of life.” He met all of his milestones on time except for speech. They had concerns at the age of two because he was barely saying ten one-syllable words. When they mentioned their concerns to their doctor, they were told Thomas was just “lazy in his speech.” Though Donald and Stacey were unsatisfied, they accepted the doctor’s opinion. Then, at age three, Thomas started speaking in sentences, but they were difficult to 014 ALT Magazine | April 2018

understand. He had a few quirks that they chalked up to his personality, but other than his speech, Stacey says he was a typical toddler. All of this changed when he turned four. “I am not sure what exactly caused the change, but after his four year well child visit and shots, he was a different child all together. The boy who would jump into our arms in the pool a few weeks prior began screaming in terror if you tried to put his toes in the water. Bath time became a struggle. He would cry if you washed his face. He still doesn’t like it, although he doesn’t become as upset as he once did,” Stacey says. “He developed severe anxiety, primarily in the social area. If we went to a birthday party, he would stick right by me or go off in a corner and play by himself. As selfish as it sounds, it was hard for me because of the stares and murmurers from other parents. We stopped going to parties for a few years. Noises and lights that used to not bother him caused him to have meltdowns. He went nearly a whole year without using public bathrooms because the sights and sounds

of the fans and smoke detectors bothered him. Naturally, we were alarmed by the change, but didn’t know what to do. It was hard.” At four years old, the doctor suggested a speech therapy evaluation. Thomas was diagnosed with severe speech delay and began therapy immediately. Two months later, he was tested for, and diagnosed with, Sensory Processing Disorder. “I had to look up SPD. What I read floored me. Everything listed fit Thomas perfectly. I had no doubt that he would be diagnosed with it. All the quirks we had been brushing off as being part of his personality made sense,” Stacey says. “In spite of being sure he had SPD, receiving the official diagnosis was hard. We knew no one who had a child like Thomas. We felt alone. We could talk with friends and family, but while having a listening ear was great, it wasn’t the same as having someone who understood and could help guide us on our new journey. I spent many nights crying, wondering what the future held for our precious son. By chance, a woman at church has two children with SPD, and she became my go-to for venting and for information. It helped a lot having someone who could relate. Suddenly, we weren’t so alone.” Stacey and Donald were never fully satisfied with Thomas’ diagnosis of SPD, but they felt that at least they had something to go on. Explaining his diagnosis was tricky. Stacey would tell people it was “sub threshold for autism” meaning he had many of the characteristics of autism, but not enough to be diagnosed. That changed when he was in the first | April 2018 015

grade. Thomas had struggled in school in kindergarten, but he had been doing better in first grade before suddenly getting worse. After several meetings with his teacher and per her suggestion, Stacey took Thomas to a doctor to have him tested for anxiety; she was told instead that he needed to be tested for autism. Stacey happened to see Thomas’ speech therapist at school the next day and related this to her. She immediately called up the school’s diagnostician, and the three of them had a lengthy meeting. The school offered to test Thomas, and began doing so right away. It took several months and numerous tests, but in March 2016, Thomas was officially diagnosed with autism. “Surprisingly, it did not upset us. We knew deep down that he was autistic; it just took the right people and the right time to get a proper diagnoses,” Stacey says. “During the testing, Thomas was also diagnosed with a couple of language disorders. As soon as his different diagnoses were found, his IEP was updated to reflect the extra help he needed. It made a huge difference, especially in his grades.” The diagnosis also helped the couple explain to others why he was different. In Stacey’s experience, people normally have a preconceived notion of what autism is like, and it appears to be Rain Man. However, that limited scope, that one character cannot define what autism is like for all people. “There are days when Thomas appears to be a typical, albeit shy, child. Those days it’s hard to explain to someone 016 ALT Magazine | April 2018

that he is autistic because he doesn’t fit their mindset of what autism should or shouldn’t look like,” Stacey says. “Here’s a hint: if you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism. It is a spectrum disorder, meaning that there are people who are mildly autistic, severely autistic, and in between. Even two people on the same end of the spectrum won’t present the same. That is what I want people to realize more than anything. I had a woman tell me once that our son couldn’t be autistic because he hugged her and ‘they’ don’t do that. She spent a few hours with one child with autism and suddenly was an expert. We’ve been on this autism journey for half of our child’s life and we’re not even experts! We discover and learn new things all the time. We also learn to adapt.” Thomas’ specific struggles center around communication, social interaction, and changes in routine. Thomas is verbal, but sometimes he has trouble initiating or carrying on a conversation. “Thanks primarily to his amazing speech therapists, he has come

a long way from the days where getting something other than ‘ba’ or ‘da’ out of him kept us all in tears,” Stacey says. “He actually has a lot to say if people will take the time to listen.” Thomas is also very literal in his speech. “Ask him a question and you are almost guaranteed to get a literal answer,” Stacey says. “He is sarcastic without meaning to be, because he doesn’t understand sarcasm or figures of speech. He once thought a bad weather day meant that we would have such bad weather that day that the school decided to not have classes that day (which would be okay with him). One time he told me that he saw a train. When I asked where the train was, he replied ‘on the tracks.’” It is often hard for Thomas to relate to kids his own age, and he struggles to understand social cues like saying “hi” in return to someone’s greeting. He has been making progress socially, but it’s still a daily struggle with him. He plays by a strict set of rules, and it is hard for him to adapt to how other kids play games. It makes

it that much harder for him to play with other kids and for them to play with him, which upsets him. We try to get him to realize that games don’t have to have rules, but he cannot understand it. However, the biggest struggle for Stacey has been the lack of understanding and acceptance from others who see Thomas’ differences as barriers. “There are people, even family members, who refuse to acknowledge our son’s struggles, and there are people who refuse to try and accommodate our son,” Stacey says. “It bothers me that when our son tries to participate in activities, and he doesn’t conform to the standards set by typical kids, he’s brushed aside and/ or seen as a hindrance. He has shown interest in participating in sports and other activities, but can we trust that those in charge will have the patience and understanding to work with him? It’s a sad reality.” For Thomas there are good and bad days. Sometimes those bad days can stretch for weeks and months at a time. It has taken a lot of trial and error for Stacey and Donald to learn what to do to help Thomas. “It’s hard to be patient with him even though he cannot help his behavior because he is so touchy, and the whining, back talking, lashing out, and

his inability to fully communicate what is wrong beyond just ‘I’m mad’ or ‘I’m sad,” can be very, very trying. He likes to save his meltdowns for home, which is great for his teachers, but not for us,” Stacey says, “Fortunately, the good days are amazing. Those are the days we forget he has autism, the days where I can see why others think we were crazy for having him tested. I try to remember those good days on the bad days, to help get through those bad days. Sometimes it’s the only way to help me keep my sanity.” The Binnings are constantly learning and adapting to Thomas’ specific triggers, and they are proud of how many challenges he has overcome. One example of a challenge for Thomas is the chaotic nature of the holidays and the change in routine that comes along with them. So, they put a pallet in their closet

for Thomas to have as a place to decompress. If they are going to a family gathering at another person’s house, and they can tell it will overwhelm Thomas, one of them stays home with him and the other takes Isaac. If they are going on a trip or plan an activity where they might encounter something they know will be hard, they talk it over with him and explain what to expect. “Sometimes Thomas surprises us with what he is willing to do,” Stacey says. “We went to Florida this past year and took the boys to Legoland. Thomas saw a roller coaster and wanted to ride it, so we all did. Thomas faced his fears and tried something new. It

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was a joyful occasion.” Through learning to meet Thomas’ needs, the Binnings have grown as a family. Their lives are enriched by their son, and they learn patience and compassion as they learn to adapt and grow. Stacey loves to watch Thomas and Isaac together. They wrestle, fight, pester, and tattle on each other like typical brothers; however, Stacey sees their deeper connection as well. “I know that they will always have each other’s backs and that they love each other very much,” Stacey says. “In spite of them being so different from each other, which leads to disagreements at times, they get along well. They have their separate rooms, but choose to share a bed. They lie in bed and talk and joke with each other before going to sleep. It’s so sweet.” One real talent that Thomas has is in Lego building. He can tell you lots of facts about them, and they are all he wants as gifts. He enjoys watching videos of people building Lego sets, and he often tries to recreate them using his own pieces. “He is definitely a master builder, and he pays attention to little details,” Stacey says. “He once created a hospital room and

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remembered to put a little red light for the alarm near the door. The majority of his Legos are put in one large plastic tote, and he can dig through hundreds and hundreds of pieces to find the exact one that he needs. It is impressive to watch him build. It would mean him moving to Denmark, but his dad and I could see him as a valuable employee for the Lego company.” The Binnings have been encouraged by the growth that Thomas has shown over the past two years. He and Isaac both joined Cub Scouts this year, and some boys from his school are also in his den. He’s begun forming friendships, something that has been difficult for him all his life. “It was exciting the first time he came home referring to

another kid as his friend. Perhaps the hardest part of this journey has been him longing for friends but not knowing how to make them, so the fact that he is making friends is a major step for him,” Stacey says. Thomas also has the privilege of receiving horseback riding therapy through the Runnin’ WJ Ranch. “It has made a huge difference. He has more confidence in himself and looks forward to the days he gets to ride,” Stacey says. “He still struggles some academically as it takes him longer than most kids to learn new things, but he makes really good grades. His teacher recently informed me that Thomas has become quite the prankster. As odd as it may sound, it made my husband and I happy to hear that. He continues to mature and come out of his shell. He may never be on the same level as his peers, but he’s progressing well, and we have no doubt that he will continue to grow and blossom and be able to do anything he sets his mind to.” Though every day can be different, Stacey and Donald

have learned so much about loving a person with autism. “I have learned that you have to pick your battles, both with your kid and with others. I have learned that it’s okay for our son to be different. It may be hard to accept at times, but it is okay,” Stacey says. “I have learned to try and see the positive in our son’s quirks. I have learned to celebrate the small accomplishments because they are, in reality, big accomplishments. I have learned that having a diagnosis isn’t the end of the world even though it felt like it when he got his initial

diagnosis of SPD. I have learned that autism is not a journey to be taken alone, and having friends listen to you vent, even if they cannot relate, means just as much as having a professional help you along this journey.” As the family continues to support and care for Thomas, they hope that the outside world is ready and willing to see their charming, funny, sweet boy for who he really is. They hope that as people learn more about autism, it will clear the way for Thomas and others like him to be have more friends, more support, and more acceptance. They also hope that by sharing their story and opening up about their struggles, they can bring hope to other parents of children with autism. “No matter what comes in the future, I know this: autism is a journey I never planned on, but I sure do love my tour guide,”

Stacey says. “Life with Thomas may be hard some days, but he truly is a loving, wonderful, extraordinary young man, and I am glad we get to take this journey together.”

We spoke with other parents of autistic children and one brave teenager who wants to explain what life is like with autism from her own perspective. Check out their unique and inspiring stories below. | April 2018 019

Jenni Shaw

Mary Harris

Mary noticed something was different about her daughter, Kristen, when she was born. When she was a baby, Kristen seemed like she cried nonstop. No one could comfort her. Mary took her to three different doctors before she found someone to help. They started speech therapy when Kristen was two and a half. On the second visit, Kristen stripped down naked and ran through the waiting room. “The therapist looked at me and said, ‘Has anyone ever said ‘sensory’ to you?’” Mary says. “That was the beginning of our journey. She started occupational therapy soon after. The actual diagnosis of autism didn’t come until she was five. I was thrilled to find out what was going on with my baby and that it wasn’t my fault. Our life How has your approach to parenting changed became filled with therapies, doctor appointments and since Dakota was diagnosed? “Our approach has been a new experience every day! research.” The same things don’t always work on any given day. One day will be good; the next, you wonder what you What was the hardest adjustment as you learned more about helping Kristen cope with autism? are doing so wrong. Things are always different with him. You learn as parents to ask if changing your daily “Kristen falls on the mild to moderate part of the spectrum. She mainly struggles with social situations. routine is really worth it.” She doesn’t understand when people are being mean to her. I had to learn patience, which I’m still learning. What have you learned through your experience Even though she’s 17 now, she’s much younger of raising a son with autism? emotionally. She still has a hard time expressing “I have learned that autism is not a handicap; these herself to other people. She really wants people to children are super smart in areas you would never accept her, and she doesn’t understand when people imagine. My Dakota is barely able to read and write get annoyed with her constant questions or ‘inside at 13, but he is able to take a door off of the hinges jokes’ that no one else gets. She has an imaginary or build you a mansion made of Legos. He can do world that she would love to invite people into; we just puzzles quickly, his memory is as sharp as a tack, cannot see it.” and when he’s not angry, his heart is bigger than Texas. I just wish people understood the stress the What do you wish other people knew about children have when the stimulus is overwhelming. autism? They are not brats having a fit in a store; they don’t “I wish people realized that Kristen is a person with have rapid movements of their arms and hands feelings. She knows when you brush her off, and because they want attention. That is them trying to deal with what is handed to them. I do wish there was she doesn’t understand why. She just wants friends like everyone else. Also autism parents are doing more patience in the world on some days.” the best we can with what we have. Our kids don’t Jenni’s son Dakota was diagnosed with autism about five years ago, but they knew at age three that something might be wrong. Dakota is social, which was why it was hard to get him tested. However, he struggles with control of his behavior and reacting appropriately to stimulation. He especially struggles in restaurants and grocery stores. “When we were told they wanted to test Dakota for autism because he had autistic tendencies, I was relieved,” Jenni says. “When they told us he tested positive, as bad as it sounds, I was glad because I knew he would finally get the help he needed.”

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need more discipline. I was once offered a belt by a strange man while getting Kristen’s hair cut. Our kids are not spoiled (well, not more than any other kids). Complete strangers do not know more about how to raise our kids than we do. Rude comments and looks help nothing, but a smile or a word of encouragement would be so nice.”

Sheryl Monhundro

Sheryl’s son Carter was diagnosed at just one and a half years old, and he is eleven years old now. Sheryl and her partner, Susan, who is Carter’s birth mom, noticed that he stopped making eye contact and lost the ability to mimic some animal sounds shortly after he turned one. Carter is considered low-functioning on the scale, and he is non-verbal. He babbles and laughs, but has never said a word. He also has a feeding tube because of a serious aversion to texture and the ability to use a spoon. He received the feeding tube at the age of four after spending a month in-patient at the Baylor Feeding Clinic in Dallas. Carter also has limited motor skills that are similar to that of an eighteen month old. He struggles with hand coordination, drinking, climbing stairs, etc.

schooling to get her master’s degree in ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) which is not the standard therapy for autism. Once Temple Memorial in Texarkana started their ABA therapy program, he was enrolled, but the program only allows for six months of therapy, then you have to be off for six months before you can come back unless ABA therapy is covered by your insurance. However, insurance companies are just now starting to pay for ABA therapy. We are now on the waiting list to get back into ABA at Temple and expect to begin our second six months of therapy shortly.”

How did you feel about the initial diagnosis? “We felt incredibly defeated even though we had done enough research to know it was autism before he was officially diagnosed. Carter had already been through so much as a preemie that we thought we had beaten all the odds. We immediately wanted to learn everything we possibly could. Susan even began | April 2018 021

What do you wish other people knew about autism? “I wish that people understand that every single case of autism is completely different. There is no cure. Individualized therapy based on your child’s needs is truly the only way to help you and your child function in society. People assume our son ‘looks’ normal, our life is normal. I get told all the time, ‘Oh, he’ll talk eventually!’ but we’ve been hearing that for over nine years. Yes, I do desperately hopes he speaks one day, but that is not our reality. As a society we will have to understand that there are an increasing number of children, teens, and young adults who will never be able to function independently. I believe our society sorely underestimates the need for services as these children approach and enter adulthood. Our son will be in our care forever, as long as we live. That realization changed the way we view retirement and life, in general. However, I cannot imagine life without him, and I can’t imagine his life without us.”

Grace Noelle Williams

Grace is a seventeen-year-old with autism. She is involved with band, church, and National Honor Society at her school. She also recently placed second in the HOSA competition and was able to compete at the state competition in Corpus Christi. “It seems like staying involved in these things really helps me to feel good about myself,” Grace says. “My singing really gives me a chance to feel noticed and useful, and I need those feelings. I would tell other kids with autism to find groups in school to be in so you won’t feel so lonely. It also helps to find something you are talented in and work on that. My youth group at church does fun things, too. I always feel better about everything when I go to my church.” What is it like to live with autism? “I can do a lot of things like everyone else, but not everything. It means that many things that are easy for my classmates are not easy for me. It means that I get very tired from having to

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try harder every day. Autism means that noises can actually be painful to my extra-sensitive ears, and I actually feel so strongly that life can be uncomfortable for me. But, I also love and care for others very strongly. I get so upset when my classmates seem upset or sad, and it stays with me for a long time. I want to make everyone feel better. When I start wishing I was a regular kid, it helps me to remember that God made me like I am. I do feel different, but everyone is different. I truly feel like I am special, kind, smart, and excellent. But, not because I am on the spectrum. God just made me like that.” What is your advice for other kids on the autism spectrum? “The main advice I have for other kids on the spectrum is to never give up on your dreams. You will have to work harder and go through more disappointments than seems fair. But, you have to keep trying. If you keep on trying, you will find your destiny. I have struggled for years with deciding what I wanted to do after high school. Now, I discovered that I want to be an animator. Maybe that is my destiny.” What do you wish other people knew about autism? “I wish other people knew how hard people on the spectrum are trying. We are trying to finish our daily work at school and our homework, but it can be so exhausting to stay focused. We are trying to be useful and help others. I feel others pain so clearly, and I want to help them, but my social problems make it hard to know what to do sometimes. We are also trying to be good friends when we get the chance. We often just need others to give us chances. We are trying to live good lives. We are just always trying very hard.” Why is it your passion to spread awareness about autism? “I love to spread awareness about autism because it helps everyone to be kind. If we can understand each other, maybe we can be friends.”

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Ronny Bailey What does this nomination mean to you?

First off I don't consider myself a hero but I do consider myself a servant for Christ. This nomination means that someone thinks highly of me and for that I am humbled.

Who is your hero?

My heroes are the men and women who are actively serving in our military to the veterans who have served for us to have the freedoms that we share, as well as the police officers and firefighters who risk their lives every day for us all.

Tell us about yourself: My name is Ronny Bailey and I am 41 years old. I am married to an amazing woman named Liberty Bailey. She is my world and even though I never deserved someone so special, I am blessed and thankful that she is my life partner. I am the step father to Morgan Sharp, the father to Brycen, Cooper and our spoiled dog Lucy. My hobbies include hunting, fishing, camping, spur of the moment adventures, and watching college sports. I am a member of Highland Park Baptist Church and enjoy serving the Lord in many capacities there, such as our church choir, multiple committees, and being an active deacon. I have a passion for coaching children in our community and have coached football, baseball, basketball and soccer. I love to teach kids that sports are more than just the game, they can teach you many life skills that will follow them for the rest of their lives.

What do you think makes a person a “Hero” to someone else?

Some people consider someone else a hero by their good works. It can be as simple as being a caregiver in your community to a doctor who saves lives every day.

Tell me how you plan to “Pay It Forward” to people in our community to make someone’s life better? I plan to pay it forward in our community by continuing to serve children in any capacity necessary. Our futures are instilled in our children and we should teach them life lessons that will help them along the way so that they may serve a greater purpose for us all in some form or fashion.

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What does this nomination mean to you?

Stefanie: When I read the message it was one of those moments that takes your breath away. I am rarely at a loss for words, but I felt incredibly humbled that a friend would think of me that way. Don: To be honest, it surprised me, but brought to the forefront of my mind something I already knew, but had forgotten. When you walk with people through the hard times, the bad times and a lot of everyday times, you help them find their footing, (the shoes and gear to take their spiritual journey to the next level), and in doing so, you become a small case “h” hero to them.

Who is your hero?

Tell us about yourself: We met in a Sunday School Class and married three years later. Last month, we celebrated 24 years of marriage, which is a huge blessing to us and our two, cherished children: Claire is 18 and our son, Harley, is 20. Our children and extended family members are a source of constant support and inspiration (they knew us before we had titles and treat us like the regular people that we really are). Stefanie has worked for Hospice of Texarkana, a nonprofit agency, for 17 years, where she serves as Director of Development & Public Relations. Besides volunteering at church, she enjoys being a member of the Oaklawn Rotary Club. Don began working in the ministry immediately following high school. After college he served as a Minister of Music and recently celebrated 20 years as Pastor of the historic Buchanan First Baptist Church in the Liberty-Eylau Community. We’ve been through enough to know that God is enough. In our daily lives, we try to pass along that truth and to give strength to others.

Stefanie: Obviously one is the working mother of four who nominated us for this—now that’s humbling! I admire people who see a commitment all the way through. No excuses, no backing out. That applies to being a good spouse or adult child through a long illness or a committed parent who doesn’t tire-out when the kids are teens and have opinions of their own. I also highly respect those who stand-up against what is wrong and unfair in the world. They take on challenges even though it will require an emotional toll and a lot of their time. “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men and women do nothing.”—Edmund Burke Don: I cannot answer this in the singular. My heroes change weekly, almost daily. In the milieu of our daily activities we come across “heroes of the moment.” For example, this past week I officiated the funeral of Raymond Pate, a hero to countless Texarkanians. He was an honest, hard-working, neighborhelping mechanic (who always wore coveralls—even to church). Raymond believed that a good working car would help the owner of the car and that would be pleasing to God. Now that’s my kind of hero!

What do you think makes a person a “Hero” to someone else?

Stefanie: Showing qualities that challenge and inspire us to be better people or to accomplish more. Sometimes that is a grand gesture and other times it is watching someone make a busy life work—keeping all the balls in the air with a positive attitude--that inspires one to say, “Wow! I want to be more like that.” Don: A hero can live in your house and you could be unaware of it. Or next door and you wouldn’t know it. Many times, those nearest us don’t fit our image of a hero: They don’t have elaborate titles, they are not capital P Persons in the community, nor make the headlines. We seldom see heroes in the making, much less recognize them, but just keep your eyes open and you’ll come upon one… maybe in your mirror..

Stefanie Brazile Tell me how you plan to “Pay It Forward” to people in our community to make someone’s life better?

Stefanie: When I have the opportunity to be kind or sensitive to the needs of others, I want to slow down and take the time to be involved. I hope that I will pay it forward when I’m driving on Richmond Road, waiting to pick-up a prescription or at the grocery store on Saturday… during those busy times with people that I don’t know, but who mean the world to someone else. Don: “Paying it Forward” has been referred to as The Golden Rule, the law of reciprocity, WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?), a moral code of conduct, etc. For me, it’s striving to give generously, to serve sacrificially and to accept people where they are, and for who they are. Acceptance is the first step in building a relationship and possibly introducing you to your next hero.

"Bro. Don is an inspiration and a true soldier of Christ. He has dedicated his life to helping others, listening to others, praying for others, and just loving others. He puts all people before himself. And then you add on his truly witty personality, and you have a shiny gold and vibrant Godly heroic package! And then there’s Stefanie! Her shoulder is available to cry on, her arms are open for those she knows as well as strangers, and her poise, her inner and outer beauty, and her truly giving spirit all show how much of a true blessing and gift from God she is."

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Kelli Cogburn Who is your hero?

There are so many throughout my life. There are three who stand out the most. ~ My Mom taught me how to see the best in every situation, to give God the glory and to be content. This attitude has carried me peacefully and with true joy throughout life as I have walked through some very difficult times. ~ My son Kaleb “came out” at 16. I learned so much through his courage to be who he truly is despite obstacles it could bring. His passion for loving the world (humans and animals) loudly and in tangible ways has changed who I am. ~ Chad Matthews; I met Chad through Leadership Texarkana. At the time he was leading a ministry that did much more than provide food, clothing, etc for our local homeless brothers and sisters. This ministry helped make deep connections and friendships with those whom it served. I got to know much of our community’s homeless and was blessed to play a part in many moving from the streets into employment, obtaining much needed mental health services and having a home of their own. This opened the door to eventually meeting heroes like Cody Howard, Cathy Smith, Jennifer Laurent and many others.

Tell us about yourself: I am a follower of Christ. I believe if I say I follow Him I need to spend my life striving daily to love like He loves, there are many days I don’t reach this goal but I am always striving. I am blessed to be married to an amazing man who encourages me daily to follow my heart and supports me in serving others. I am the mother of three children who have taught me more than I will ever teach them. I am very open about my own weaknesses and faults. I think that has enabled me to form deep friendships easily. People don’t expect you to be perfect but they want you to be real. I try to always see the beauty and good in every single person and hope that others see the same in me.

What does this nomination mean to you?

It means that even with all my faults and shortcomings someone saw something in me that inspired them and for that I am thankful. I hope it encourages others to see you don’t have to have a fancy title or remarkable skill to be a hero to someone.

What do our think makes a person a “Hero” to someone else?

Of course there are the “run into a burning building” types of heroes. But when I think of a hero I think of those who step outside of their comfort zone to serve, love and empower others with no expectation of anything in return. Those who change the lives of others through grand and sometimes very simple gestures.

Tell me how you plan to “Pay It Forward” to people in our community to make someone’s life better?

I began attending Williams Memorial UMC last May and I have the joy of serving as Children’s Music Director. Williams has an outreach called “Community Cafe” that provides sacks of groceries, serves a meal and maybe most importantly serves dignity through a shared meal and fellowship to those in our community who do not have enough food. Our family has decided we want to get involved and get to know the people who God brings there.



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Damien and Brittany Davis Who is your hero?

Our hero is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. God has done so many great things for us, that we can’t help but to give him all of the glory. None of this would be possible without God. Many people look at us and think that we lucky, but when we look in the mirror, we see that we are BLESSED.

Tell us about yourself:

We are Damien and Brittany Davis of the Damien Davis Foundation. We are 29 years old and parents to 4 children, ranging from ages 4-10. We were high school sweethearts and recently married on 9-29-17. Damien graduated from Arkansas High class of 2008, and Brittany from Texas High class of 2007. Damien started the Damien Davis Foundation in 2013 by serving hotdogs from his front yard. Being inspired by his parents and grandparents growing up, he knew that this was something that God wanted him to do. Aside from the foundation, we attend Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Texarkana, AR., where Brittany is the youth Sunday School Teacher. Our free time is normally spent on sports, being that Damien coaches youth football and basketball, and our oldest son plays both.

What does this nomination mean to you?

We feel so honored to be nominated and humbled to even be considered as candidates. Being that we are a young couple, not many people our age take interest in this kind of ministry. We don’t get a lot of support from our peers, but instead get overlooked. To be nominated as “heroes” means everything to us because we feel like our voice is finally being heard.

What do you think makes a person a “Hero” to someone else? We think that a hero is someone that does something to uplift your life or helps you find your purpose. In our lives, Jesus Christ has done just that. Everybody has a purpose in life, and the goal is to find that purpose and fulfill it to the best of your ability. We feel that we are doing that, and it is all because of his Grace and Mercy.

Tell me how you plan to “Pay It Forward” to people in our community to make someone’s life better? In the future, we plan to continue to serve God through the Damien Davis Foundation. This is something that we do on a regular basis, and will continue to do from here on out. Our dream is to one day own our own shelter, where we can offer our services at a greater extent. We plan to not only serve our community, but to extend our services to other places as well. So many people in the world need help, and we want to be of service to as many people as we can.

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David, in the Bible, because even though he loved God with all his heart he still made mistakes.

What do you think makes a person a “Hero” to someone else?

Someone that does not think about themselves first.

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Craig Jenkins Who is your hero?

My parents for keeping me and my siblings on the straight and narrow. It doesn’t matter what part of town we grew up in, they always taught us about respect, treat others for who they are not who you assume they are. I do my best to make them proud every day.

What do you think makes a person a “Hero” to someone else?

Tell us about yourself: I really just love to make people laugh. I come from a big family of characters and all of my best times include laughs and jokes. My dad was the funniest man I’ve ever known. Now it’s my turn to keep that going with my own family. With with my fiance, Kacey, and our daughters, Natalie (13) and Chayse (4), we make sure to carry on those same memories of always finding ways to keep each other laughing and smiling.

What does this nomination mean to you?

The nomination itself means a lot because of who it came from. I don’t do any of my giveaways for recognition, I just try to be a decent person and set a good example. It was cool to read all of the comments people left on Facebook and getting to see someone like me, from where I grew up, in a popular Texarkana magazine for something positive.

I have always thought of a hero as someone who saves someone else, but I guess a hero can look different for everyone. A hero can be somebody that puts others’ interests ahead of their own, helps others before helping themselves. A hero is somebody who doesn’t conform and stays true to themselves regardless of their situation, upbringing, financial status, or number of likes on social media.

Tell me how you plan to “Pay It Forward” to people in our community to make someone’s life better? I hope to continue my yearly giveaway at Christmas with the goal of giving away more money each year than the year before. I think the community really enjoys it and looks forward to the videos. It means so much that people who follow my Facebook page, KSLE News 33, support me every year so we can make this happen! I also really enjoy working with young people (middle school and high school) so being able to start a mentoring program or work directly with underprivileged youth would be an amazing opportunity.

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SENIOR 2018 Timothy Brown Parent's Names:

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What do you want to be?

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"A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.�John C. Maxwell Describe your senior year in three words:

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SENIOR 2018 Whitney Hemmitt Parent's Names:

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Liberty-Eylau High School What College/University do you plan on attending?

Prairie View A&M University at Prairie View, TX What do you want to be?

Hematology/Oncology Physician Who inspired you to choose this path?

My Mother

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"I decided long ago to never walk in anyone's shadow; if I fail, or I succeed, at least I did as I believe" - Whitney Houston Describe your senior year in three words:

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SENIOR 2018 Rachel Johnson Parent's Names:

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Pleasant Grove High School What College/University do you plan on attending?

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SENIOR 2018 Andrew Rossum Parent's Names:

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Hooks High School What College/University do you plan on attending?

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Angelica & Miriam Stephenson Parent's Names:

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James Bowie High School What College/University do you plan on attending?

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Angelica: A career in nursing Miriam: Pediatrician

Who inspired you to choose this path?

Angelica: My late grandmother, Vicki Stephenson Miriam: Pam Wyatt Favorite Quote?

Angelica: "Everyday may not be good but there is something good in everyday." Miriam: "Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be." Describe your senior year in three words: Photo by: Captured Blessings By Tonya 048 ALT Magazine | April 2018

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SENIOR 2018 Cutter Webb Parent's Names:

Justin and Denise Webb School:

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Nuclear Medicine Technologist Who inspired you to choose this path?

My father has been the greatest inspiration in all that I do. Favorite Quote?

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SENIOR 2018 Ahmari Willis Parent's Names:

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All Things Spawn... It’s that time of year again. The spawn has started and fishing should be good. Well, good in places, great in others, and a struggle in some. If you’re fishing Wright Patman, it might be a struggle since the water is so high. The fish are spawning in places we can’t get a boat and that will make for another good spawn. Since the water is high, the spawners will be scattered out, safe from predators and fishermen. If you are fishing Millwood, the bulk of the spawn should be going on during the first week of this month, and as you go further North, you can add about a week. If you want to get in on some nice sight fishing for bass, you really should try either DeGray or Ouachita. They both have some really clear water to watch the bed fishing show. Remember that the best baits for spawning bass are bottom bumpers like Beavers, Jigs, Lizards and creature baits, and bright colors tend to catch some really nice fish this time of year as well as being able to be seen by the fisherman in clear water. On Millwood, most of the spawners will be in less than 3 feet of water and on the clear lakes bass will spawn as deep as 10 feet or deeper. Just get out there and have some fun before it’s over.




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Learn about the new qualified tuition expenses, gifting limits, and rollover provisions for 529 plans. In late December 2017, the President signed new federal tax legislation that will change how 529 accounts can be used. Individual states may have variations. One of the most impactful changes is that tuition for primary and secondary education is now a qualified expense. Other changes include higher gifting limits and tax-free rollovers from 529 accounts to ABLE accounts. PRIMARY & SECONDARY SCHOOL EXPENSES As part of the act, the IRS tax code was amended to reflect that “qualified higher education expenses” will now include a reference to expenses for tuition in connection with enrollment or attendance at an elementary or secondary public, private, or religious school. The changes made in the new tax program take effect after December 31, 2017 and there is no sun setting provision for this change. The new legislation stipulates that the amount of cash distributions from all qualified tuition programs for a single beneficiary during any taxable year shall not exceed $10,000 for these expenses, incurred during that year. It merits noting that the rules for tax-free withdrawals for post-secondary education remain unlimited up to the amount of postsecondary qualified expenses incurred for the beneficiary. At this time, individual states and program managers are in the process of reviewing the recent federal tax law changes and determining how best to incorporate them into their programs. Please consult with your tax advisor to best determine how each state may be treating the expenses associated with K-12 education. GIFTING LIMITS In any given year, an individual can gift up to the annual gift tax exclusion amount to anyone without incurring any gift tax consequences. Effective January 1, 2018, the exclusion amount increased to $15,000 from $14,000. And uniquely to 529 plans, an individual can accelerate the gifting by five years, thereby making an immediate contribution of $75,000. A married couple filing jointly can now make a split gift in the amount of $150,000 per beneficiary in 2018. If a person makes the five-year election, the gift is ratably 056 ALT Magazine | April 2018

divided over five years; should the contributor die, a prorated part of the gift is moved back into their estate. The five-year and/or split gift election is made on IRS form 709. Although a larger gift can be made, the amount exceeding the five-year election amount would reduce your Unified Lifetime Gift Tax Exemption. Contributions to a 529 plan account are considered completed gifts to the named beneficiary, but from a legal standpoint the owner always controls the account. The new legislation also allows for a tax-free rollover of a 529 account to an Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) account. The rollover would need to take place prior to January 1, 2026, as this provision expires. ABLE accounts were created in 2014 to give individuals with disabilities and their families the opportunity to save for the future without limiting access to critical income, healthcare, food or housing assistance programs. Rollovers from 529 plans are still subject to annual contribution limits of $15,000 in 2018. These changes and enhancements provide increased flexibility around how you can save. Please consult with your financial advisor to determine whether these strategies may be appropriate for your situation.

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Deb and Jim Smith

Elizabeth Wortham, Pam Williamson, Peggy Burson, Janelle Williamson, and Jent Lemley

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LOCAL HOT SPOTS We’re sharing your stories! Anything and everything from local events around town to what you’re sharing on Facebook. We would love to hear from you.

Relay for Life Masquerade Ball 2018

Nicki Wagstaff and Lisa Dastillion

Kip and Janis Roberts

Carol Rhoden, jamie Patton and Misty Rhoden

Robbie Rogers, Samantha Rogers, Cody Adams, amd Suki O' Neal

DavidBella and Fuqua, Joyce Wall Whitney and Linda Fuqua, andClara Joe Ayres Strickland

John David Hickerson, Stacey Anderson, Jimmy James, Misty Shivers, Ninaj Krishna, and Jon Thornton

Marti Richardson and Nicki Wagstaff

Stephanie and James Syler

Michelle Citty, Larry Wayne Crank, Denise Nichols, Christine Caldwell, Penny Tyrone, and Michael McCarty

Justin Browning, Sandra Browning, and Josh Roach

Todd Erwin and Cassie Blackburn


Jamie Patton, Penny Tyrone and Sue Smith

Amelia Jones, Colin Luckett, SueSmith, Melanie Wagstaff, and Jamie Patton

Nicki Wagstaff, Survivor

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Sunday, April 1st

Saturday, April 7th

Ark-La-Tex Challenge Bike Ride Liberty Eylau High School It is a fundraiser where 100% of the proceeds goes towards supporting Texarkana Resources for the Disabled, Inc. A non-profit that trains and employs people with disabilities. There are 6 different routes for cyclists of all levels including a kids ride and a fun kids zone! The website to the event is www.arklatexchallenge. com

Thursday, April 26th

The Salvation Army Annual Dinner: This event will be held at Northridge Country Club at 6 pm. Focus of this event will be placed on the new and upcoming transition of our Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Texarkana. At this event we will be honoring two major donors of our Boys & Girls Club; The Clay Eichler Foundation and Liberty Eylau Independent School District. Dinner will be served and tickets can be purchased for $50.00 each or interested parties may purchase a table of 8 for $400.00. All proceeds from this event will go to support the SCIENCE minded? Join us for Yuri's Night! An operation of our Boys & Girls Club. evening of science activity and fun at Discovery For reservations or additional information Place Interactive Museum crafted to celebrate please contact Sann Terry at 870-774-2701. Yuri's Night - an international celebration held every April 12 to commemorate milestones in space exploration. Yuri's Night is named for the first human to launch into space, Yuri Join us for a CIRCUS Themed Game of Clue at Gagarin, who flew the Vostok 1 spaceship on the P. J. Ahern home at 403 Laurel in historic April 12, 1961. Blast off with us beginning at downtown Texarkana as we continue a month 6 pm. long celebration of the Circus. Popcorn! Cotton Candy! Circus Foods and a Clue inspired game of sleuthing will take place from 12 noon until 3 pm. TMS Members are only At Discovery Place Interactive Museum at 215 $5. Others are $10. Tickets can be purchased Pine Street. We'll celebrate the CIRCUS by at 903-793-4831 for more learning how to mix up our own batches of details. KID FRIENDLY! playdo to make our own sweet piles of cotton candy. You might not be able to eat the final product - but we'll have some of the real stuff for you as a take home treat. Tinkering, makey-makey, arts, crafts, rediscovering trades of the past and exploring technology of today all come together downtown for a 1 day hands-on make The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Annual and take event hosted by Discovery Place “Gladys Morriss” Stone Soup Luncheon: Children's Museum, The Texarkana Museums First United Methodist Church- Cabe Center System and local businesses and civic located at 400 E. 6th Street Texarkana, organizations. Fun lasts from 10 am to 4 pm. Arkansas. The luncheon will be held from 903-793-4831 for more details on tickets and 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM. Tickets are on sale booths. for $10.00 per person for dine in or take out. Tickets may be purchased through any Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary member or by contacting our office at 870-774-2701.

Thursday, April 12th

Saturday, April 28th

Saturday, April 7th

Partner for Paws Furball Silvermoon on Broad Silent Auction, Dinner, Live Music by Live 80 band and lots of dancing Dress in your favorite 80's attire or cocktail. Individual Tickets will be $75 Sponsorship opportunities are available at, or call 903-344-9605

Saturday, April 7th

The circus is coming to the MoRH 219 N State Line "Texarkana Big Top" will feature images and memorabilia from the days when the circus stopped at Union Station every Spring. From a parade of elephants on Broad Street to colorful vintage posters, your family is sure to have fun visiting circuses of days past. Members and children under 3 are FREE. Others $5. 903-793-4831 or MoRH@ for more details.

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Saturday, April 14th

Saturday, June 2nd

Thursday, April 19th


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Local Rescues

Adopt, Don’t Shop! ARKLATEX COCKER SPANIEL RESCUE ArklatexCockerSpanielRescue ARTEX ANIMAL WELFARE, INC. (mostly horses) 903.824.1990 ATLANTA ANIMAL LEAGUE AtlantaAnimalLeague




Boxer Rescue of Texarkana Texarkana Animal League

Kitties Pad Rescue


Passion For Pooches


SUGAR - Arklatex


Cocker Spaniel Rescue

Muttley Crew



Poodle Patch Rescue Inc.



TOBY’S TALES (mostly wildlife)







The Animal Care & Adoption Center of Texarkana, Arkansas is located at 203 Harrison, Texarkana, AR, 71854. For more information, call 870.773.6388, or visit: www. animalcareadoptioncenter. org or AnimalCare AdoptionTXK. Please note, all dogs adopted from this shelter MUST be spayed or neutered. Spays cost $89-$104, neuters are $76-$92 depending on the weight of the dog.





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We also have SPONSORED dogs and cats! This means someone has already paid for their vetting! Come see who’s waiting! We are always in need of caring, capable volunteers to assist in with duties at the center, adoption events, fundraising activities and more.

WE’RE OPEN! M-F 11A-5P & SAT 11A-2P

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April 2018 Magazines  

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