This article was originally published in the Murfreesboro Post
After Holly Thornhill’s son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at 18 months old, her mother was at a loss.
When Thornhill’s son Hunter was diagnosed, he had minimal speech and simply couldn’t handle any kind of change to his daily routine.
Then one day Thornhill found her mother, Pat Galland, sitting at her kitchen table one day.
Galland looked up and said, “Why did God do this to us?”
Thornhill told her mother Hunter’s diagnosis was not curse, but a blessing.
“There’s nothing wrong with it,” Thornhill said. “His brain just works a different way.”
That conversation inspired Galland to work to help her grandson and all children who live with Autism Spectrum disorder.
She then funneled her tireless energy into organizing a statewide fundraiser.