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Jaxon Buerge

Jaxon Buerge (2002-2018) Jaxon Buerge was 16 years old and had autism. Jaxon died on December 27, 2018, as a result of injuries sustained i...

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Jaxon Buerge

Jaxon Buerge (2002-2018)

Jaxon Buerge was 16 years old and had autism. Jaxon died on December 27, 2018, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident, after his family's vehicle was rear ended by a semi-truck on a snowy night. Jaxon Buerge was the inspiration for the Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism at the Ozark Center for Autism, because of his inability to secure autism treatment near his home in Joplin, Missouri as a child.  Jaxon and his mother had to temporarily relocate from Missouri to Cleveland, Ohio to obtain ABA autism treatment when he was a young child. Today treatment is available in Missouri at the Ozark Center for Autism. His parents are Trisha and Justin Buerge.


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Jaxon will be remembered as a joyful, gentle, and sweet-natured soul, a boy with a pure, kind, and happy heart, and an infectious smile and giggle. He loved people generously, and changed the lives of all who had the privilege to know him. (Read more at the Joplin Globe Obituary for Jaxon Buerge).


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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Maddox Ritch

Maddox Ritch (2012-2018)

Maddox Ritch was 6 years old and had autism. He was born on August 14, 2012. On September 22, 2018, Maddox was walking with his father and a friend at Rankin Lake Park in Gastonia, North Carolina, when he wandered away and went missing. After a community search, his body was discovered in Long Creek on September 27, 2018. His parents are Ian Scott Ritch and Carrie Irene Ritch.

Tribute to Maddox Ritch: "Maddox was a sweet and loving little boy who was full of laughter. He loved Paw Patrol, his Teddy, playing with bouncy balls, but above all he loved his mom and dad the most (From Maddox Ritch's Obituary at Raymer Funeral Home).

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Reece Coleman

Reece M. Coleman, 9 Years

Reece M. Coleman was 9 years old and had autism. He died on July 19, 2018, in Branson, Missouri, when his family was sightseeing on a Duck Boat. The boat capsized in a storm while crossing Table Rock Lake. He is from Indianapolis, Indiana. 8 members of his family died in the same accident, including his father Glenn Coleman and two siblings, Evan and Arya. His mother Tia Coleman was on the boat but survived.

Tribute to Reece Coleman: Reece Coleman loved the water and his family took the Ride the Ducks tour because it was something he'd enjoy doing, said his mother, Tia Coleman. She described her son, who had autism, as "the happiest, sweetest boy," who made every day worth living (A look at the 17 people killed in the Missouri boat accident, Chicago Tribune, Hannah Grabenstein and Brian Slodysko July 22, 2018.)

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Elijah Mikel

Elijah Mikel (1999-2018)

Elijah Mikel was 18 years old and had autism. He was born on August 15, 1999. He died on July 11, 2018, in Lawrence, Kansas from heat exhaustion. Elijah was walking on a nature trail with his caretaker on a day when the temperature was 102 degrees outside. Elijah Mikel was a graduate of Lawrence High School. His parents are Matthew and Rachel Mikel

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"He found so much joy in the small things. He had such a big smile (Rachel Mikel as quoted by FoxNews.com)."

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Zander Brown

Zander Brown (2012-2018)

Zander Brown was 5 years old and had autism. He was born on October 8, 2012. On July 8, 2018, he wandered away from his home in Lauderdale, Florida in Broward County north of Miami. He was discovered deceased at the bottom of a canal near his home.


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Friday, June 29, 2018

Raheel Uddin

Raheel Uddin (2012-2018)

Raheel Uddin was 5 years old and had autism. He was born on August 19, 2012. On June 29, 2018, he wandered away from his home in Calgary, Canada. He was found later that day and discovered to have drowned in a nearby retention pond in the Saddle Ridge area of Calgary. His parents are Rozina Mina and Mohammad Rashad Uddin.

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Monday, December 25, 2017

Paul Kevin Rozier

Paul Kevin Rozier, 7 Years

Paul Kevin Rozier was 7 years old and had autism. On December 24, 2017, he wandered away from his home in Mililani, Hawaii. On the morning of December 25, 2017, Paul Kevin Rozier's body was discovered in a backyard pool about a half a mile from his home. His parents are Paul and Jasmine Rozier.

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His personality, his spirit, his heart, he was just the most caring, loving, amazing kid ever. We only had seven years with him but those were the best seven years I could have ever asked for (Jasmine Rozier as quoted by CBS News).

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