Denison boy donates birthday money to autism charity

By: Jalah Gray Email
By: Jalah Gray Email

DENISON, TX - It's estimated that one in every 110 children will be diagnosed with autism, and not all families can afford treatment, but one Denison boy is trying to make a difference.

We first told you about Matt Cowen a few weeks ago when he and his mom set up a way to donate in his name to Autism Speaks. Matt told his mom he wanted to donate his birthday money. Asking for donations in the amount of 14 dollars, since he'll turn 14 this week.
Their goal was just 140 dollars, but they've been pleasantly surprised at how much they've actually raised.

"It is very important to help others because they might not have it as good as you." said Matt.

Matt Cowen is celebrating his 14th birthday this week, but unlike most kids his age, he won't be keeping his birthday money, and he says he really doesn't mind.

"Oh I don't mind because I already have a bunch of stuff, I get stuff all year even when it's not my birthday." said Matt.

In September Matt told his mom that he wanted to do something special with his birthday money to help other autism patients who couldn't afford the treatments he's getting. They set up the charity with Autism Speaks, asking for donations in the amount of 14 dollars, to match Matt's age. They never thought they raise over 1800 dollars.

"It's amazing, I know autism speaks is such a wonderful organization and they need money to keep doing research." said Lori Cowen.

Matt's mom Lori Cowan says she also realizes just how fortunate they are.

"We're blessed as far as having good health insurance, and I'm a teacher so I'm able to help him but a lot of family don't always have resources." Lori said.

12 year old Emily Cowen, says her brother has always been a caring and giving person.

"I'm proud of my brother because most kids his age wouldn't really think of doing things like this." Emily said.

Emily says having a brother with autism isn't what most people would think.

"It's just like a family with somebody who thinks a little different, and who ever said that thinking different was a bad thing." said Emily.

If you'd like to make a donation to Autism Speaks visit the page below.

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