Join Me, Jenny McCarthy, The Ryder Foundation & Generation Rescue in SF

Published at Age of Autism:

Join Jenny McCarthy At Comedy for Kids Benefit for Ryder Foundation

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By Alix, editor of MedNauseam Blog

Two moms in Northern California are on a roll. Jenny DeMaria and Maureen Block, co-directors of the Ryder Foundation , once had children diagnosed with autism. The boys are now socially indistinguishable from their peers.

Block says both school-aged boys still have “educational challenges, but they have been recovered.” The rapid changes both mothers saw in their boys after trying a gluten-free diet motivated them to try different diet and biomedical interventions. And, the myriad interventions all add up. Block says, “Treating autism is like trying to get a train back on its tracks. It’s gone off-track and you need to get each train car, one at a time, back on the track.” 

DeMaria’s son was diagnosed as moderately autistic. Now he would be classified as having mild Asperger’s. “Ryder's challenges are now barely noticeable to an outsider,” De Maria said. "There were days I thought my child would never be able to dress himself or brush his teeth or sing a song or make a friend. Now he is the happiest, friendliest, most vociferous child I know. He keeps astounding us with his progress." 

After their rapid, and continuing success with their own sons, DeMaria and Block quickly got involved with Generation Rescue , Jenny McCarthy’s autism organization, volunteering as Rescue Angels to mentor other parents who were beginning the journey toward recovery. But that wasn’t enough ‘giving back’ for them. They wanted to do more. In 2005, they joined forces with two other women to found the Ryder Foundation in recognition of DeMaria’s son’s recovery.

“We have helped raise over $800,000 for autism charities,” said Block, “and we are hoping to move that number to $1 million with our next event, this September 11th, to benefit the Ryder Foundation and Generation Rescue."

That event in San Francisco promises to be another gut-busting comedy night. This year Jenny McCarthy will host the event which includes the Chelsea Handler comedians, acclaimed artist Joan Elan Davis, Bay Area celebrity chef Joey Altman, and students from Autistry Studios. Past events have included comedy moguls Dana Carvey and Robin Williams. Note: Due to the content, laughs are for adults only; the proceeds help the kids via autism charities.

Maureen Block and Jenny DeMaria discuss their boys’ recoveries and talk about the event in this video, which has gone “viral,” at Natural News TV.  Please help The Ryder Foundation raise its one millionth dollar, while you laugh! For tickets, go to Comedy for Kids SF HERE.

1 comment:

Ben Lynch, ND said...

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Saw your great recipe on NaturalNewsTV. Looks pretty good.

Reading your blog - have some interesting things.

As a naturopathic physician, graduate of Bastyr University, I'm on board with you.

It is great to hear your Lyme is under control naturally. Nice work.

I'm simply dropping a line as we have like minds and I am starting to connect with other bloggers who also share passion in natural health and education.

I started while at Bastyr University and recently started, beginning and starting my own line of pure supplements - not live yet but some supplements are available.

You can learn the most about my approach likely by hearing some of my podcasts:

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I would have dropped you an email but didn't see a contact us page.

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In health,