Mason Allen Medlam was 5 years old and had autism. He was born on July 7, 2005 and was from Colwich, Kansas. He escaped a partially open window in his home on July 27, 2010, and wandered to a neighbors pond and drowned. Two days later on July 29, 2010, Mason Allen Medlam passed away. His parents are Kenneth and Sheila Medlam, who established The Mason Allen Medlam Foundation in his memory. The foundation is dedicated to autism awareness, wandering prevention, and wandering safety in order to help prevent future autism deaths. You can read a CNN iReport on Mason's Legacy.
"My son, Mason, was born on July 07, 2005. He was brilliant, beautiful and full of joy. He lit up our world and was the center of our universe. Sometimes he would break out into this glorious laughter, and even though you couldn't figure out what he was laughing at, you would join in because the sound of it touched your soul and filled it with joy. He was the most incredible child I have ever known. He loved life and life seemed to love him. He overcame more obstacles in his life than many adults ever have to even contemplate and he did it with a smile on his face and laughter in his heart (Sheila Medlam as Quoted on the Mason Allen Medlam Foundation WebsiteLinks about Mason Allen Medlam:
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