Mom asks community for help in sending birthday cards to autistic daughter: ‘She’s been through so much this year’

A local mom is reaching out to the WNY community to help make her daughter’s 18th birthday a special one.

Kelly, a senior at Frontier High School, was diagnosed with autism at birth. At six months she began to have violent seizures and at 11 months she was put on medication and had to learn to sit up again. In 2008, she had an 11-hour seizure and a stroke. She lost the use of her left arm for a few months.

“I can’t believe she’s turning 18 on Nov. 4. How does this happen? She has fought uphill all the way. From about 6 months on – medically, educationally and socially and she is doing it,” said Heidi Jane, mom.

Kelly’s mom says this year has been especially tough for her as she has been very depressed. She’s hoping the community can come together to make Kelly smile by sending her a birthday card this year.

“I was wondering if you had a moment, please send her a birthday card. No, gifts please. I would love to see her face light up when she gets cards from all over from people who care,” she said in a Facebook post.

If you would like to send Kelly a card, you may do so to the following address.

169 Martin ave
Blasdell, NY 14219

Kelly loves animals, especially horses, and she wants to be a veterinarian one day. She also loves Star Wars.

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