ACWORTH, Ga. -- With the support of her family, Emma June Vail, 7, has made tremendous progress since she was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2.
"This early diagnosis and case-specific therapies are the keys to breaking the code that holds these children hostage," said Emma's father, Doug Vail.
Now her family and friends are helping other autistic children with a non-profit group they created called Emma's Emmbassadors, Inc., which is based in Norcross.
"It's evident that further financial assistance is imperative," said Vail, who serves as CEO of Emma's Emmbassadors. "While large non-profits such as Autism Speaks [are] making great strides in awareness campaigns and fundraising, often the local communities do not feel the impact. The need for more local assistance quickly became evident to Emma's supporters."
The goal of Emma's Emmbassadors is raise local awareness and funds to help support children, families and local schools with special classes for autistic children.
Last year, the organization raised money through a golf tournament and gave $7,500 to the Special Needs Program at Burnt Hickory Elementary School in Paulding County. The funds were used to buy items for our sensory room.
This year, Emma's Emmbassadors is holding its second annual charity golf tournament on Monday, May 2 at the Bentwater Golf Club in Acworth.
"Much more local funding is desperately needed to help the local communities meet the special needs of autistic children and their families," Vail said.
Tickets are $100 per participant or $350 for four. The format is 4 person scramble, so you can sign up as a team or an individual, be paired with other singles or twosomes and meet some new friends.
To register or find more information, visit Emma Embassadors' website.