When Holli Thornsberry’s eldest son was diagnosed with autism at 18 months old, she didn’t panic. Instead, she acted.
From that moment on, Thornsberry became a champion for her son. She drove him to his speech, occupational and physical therapy appointments and introduced him to Camp Barnabas, all while catering to the needs of her three other children. She never balked, and she never feared for the future. “I really didn’t have the opportunity to feel sorry for myself or really be upset,” Thornsberry says. “It was more of ‘Where do we go from here?’ just to make sure he could turn out the best that he can be and [to] give him every opportunity.”