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Strengthening The Good: The Brent Woodall Foundation For Exceptional Children
Tracy Woodall was five weeks pregnant on 9.11.01, when she and her unborn child sent Brent, a stock trader, off to work at Bruyette and Woods on the 89th floor of the south tower of the World Trade Center. Tracy was among the thousands of loved ones who had the bittersweet experience of receiving a phone call from WTC that September morning, as Brent called to let her know all was well in his tower. This was to change, however, when the second plane hit. Tracy finally reached Brent on the 87th floor of the South Tower, where he had reached a locked door. Brent–6-foot-5, handsome, a college athlete at Berkeley and former minor league pitcher for the Cubs–assured his wife of 31 that everything would be all right. And like so many people that bright clear day, that call was the last time Tracy heard her husband’s voice. On April 22nd 2002, Tracy gave birth to Pierce Ashley Woodall.

Not long before 9/11, Tracy and Brent had started talking about launching a foundation that would provide free care-giving education to families of children with autism. For the less familiar, autism is a neurological disorder that appears during the first three years of life. Estimates are that it occurs in approximately 2 to 6 in 1,000 individuals, and typical characteristics include problems with social relationships and emotional communication.

Tracy Woodall understood that a sound response to evil is to strengthen that which is good. And with that resolve to create good from evil, the Brent Woodall Foundation for Exceptional Children was born. The foundation aims to help the youngest children suffering from autism, but with an intelligent twist: in addition to working directly with autistic children, the foundation also trains the parents of foundation children in how to better care for their children once the ptsd treatment for teens north salt lake ut have left. How you can help: First and foremost, you can help by raising awareness. Visit the Foundation online and send the link to anyone and everyone. Tracy’s is a wonderful and inspiring story, and the Foundation can benefit just from having people know of its existence. They also need help with events and volunteers, and you can learn how to get involved with both here.

The foundation is not yet able to accept donations online, so as many did with Hurricane Charley, you may donate via the Strengthen The Good PayPal account … the button is over in the right-hand column. They will write a single check to the fund for all donations made via PayPal over the next three weeks, in addition to any revenues from their Google ads over the same period of time. I suggest donating to the foundation directly via a check sent to this address:

Brent Woodall Foundation for Exceptional Children
106 Denton Tap Road
STE 210-PMB 333
Coppell, TX 75019

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