“Being Autistic I’ve always had difficulty making and keeping friends. I can’t help but feel disappointed when everybody my age goes out with friends or has a big party. It makes me feel like I’m not really worth getting to know” -Josie Eugenie
Let’s let Josie know she’s worth getting to know! You are cordially invited to celebrate Josie’s 24th birthday party with her.
When: Saturday, October 1 12 PM – 2 PM PDT
Where: Oaks Amusement Park 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland, OR 97202
Please RSVP here whether you can attend or not, and either way wish Josie a Happy Birthday!
Josie was born with a connective tissues disorder called Ehlers Danlos syndrome, and autism. However the only thing on her mind right now is her upcoming 24th birthday. This year, like all others, she just wants to celebrate with a big party full of friends and family. Unfortunately, since she’s started school, no matter how many people she invited, only her mom and grandparents, and an occasional cousin or friend of her mother attended.
Josie was nominated by Laura Wolfenson, a RISE Family Services Coordinator, to crowdFunnit, a nonprofit Cherab Foundation initiative. crowdFunnit helps to bring awareness about differences to those that are bullied or alienated, while fostering acceptance, compassion, and friendship through open-invite birthday parties. Our program typically only goes up to 18 but we were so touched by Josie’s story we just had to make an exception.
Josie loves Lord Of The Rings and is requesting a LOTR costume party. Optional if you want, show up in your favorite LOTR attire!
There is no admission cost to Josie’s party, however, all that attend will be able to purchase a discount deluxe ride bracelet for $10. The deluxe ride bracelet provides unlimited midway rides from 12 till 7 PM, and a roller skating session with conventional skates. Celebrate Josie’s birthday and stay as long as you want after to enjoy Oaks Park!
We are looking to raise 275 towards basic party supplies and a quiet sensory area that’s away from the excitement, in case Josie or any of the attendees gets overwhelmed. Every dollar helps and any money over our goal can also go to help others in need of support. Please contribute here.