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Friday, December 16, 2011 - Middle School Boys Start Own Foundation to Support OUCARES


 Kathy Sweeney, Director of OUCARES; Skyler Knapp; Cullin Irvine; Corbin Knapp and Kevin Knapp, Skyler and Corbin's father.

For the last couple of years, Skyler Knapp and his older brother, Corbin, have been attending Film Camp at OUCARES, the Oakland University Center for Autism Research, Education and Support. Although Corbin is on the autism spectrum, Skyler is not – but he comes to camp because he enjoys sharing the experience with his brother.

Skyler’s love for his big brother and his experiences with OUCARES inspired him to do something big. So, Skyler and his good friend Cullin Irvine, decided to start their own foundation.

Cullin and Skyler co-founded the Look Up Foundation to support OUCARES and raised funds selling stretch bracelets at their middle school and collecting other donations. The two boys raised $403.00 which they presented to OUCARES this week.

In the spirit of the boys’ interests, OUCARES will use the funds to establish a Siblings Club for the siblings of children involved at OUCARES. This club will be a valuable addition to OUCARES initiatives to promote quality of life for children with ASD and their families. OUCARES Director, Kathy Sweeney says she is looking forward to working with Skyler and Cullin, “This was such an unexpected gift to OUCARES and we are deeply moved at the efforts of these two young boys.”