Jesse Wills' Personal Fundraising Page for the 2022 WNC Run/Walk for Autism
This is the 17th year the Wills Family has participated in the WNC Run/Walk for Autism.
Jesse turned forty-one in May. His home is Marlowe Place, a supported living home, one of two managed by the Autism Society here in Asheville. In 2020, Jesse’s job of thirteen years at Red Lobster was eliminated, and his subsequent job at The Renaissance Hotel in downtown Asheville was eliminated in March of this year. While seeking new employment, Jesse is enjoying volunteering for Meals on Wheels and is painting wonderful art. His special painting of the Ukrainian flag inspired a fundraiser for Ukraine.
Last year, Jesse received a special award. The award, called The Jesse Wills Award, will be awarded annually to an individual who has made a positive impact on the autism community. Michael Lepage, Autism Society on NC Regional Services Director here in Asheville, presented the award, saying that Jesse has provided inspiration to others in the many ways he contributes, not only in fundraising but also through his art, his outstanding work ethic, and his giving spirit.
The Autism Society of NC is the first place we turn to for information, services, guidance, and advice. A great strength of The Autism Society of NC is the outstanding training it gives to all its employees who provide direct care for individuals on the autism spectrum. Another strength is strong advocacy, benefiting every family with a family member on the autism spectrum.
We want to support the Autism Society in its efforts, and the WNC Run/Walk for Autism provides us the perfect opportunity to do so. It is also the perfect opportunity for family and friends to support Jesse and the amazing man he has become.
The Wills Family cannot imagine Jesse's life without the Autism Society of NC. Please help us by donating to Jesse's personal page and/or running or walking with Team Marlowe Place. We thank you.
The Autism Society of North Carolina is the leading statewide resource organization serving people across the autism spectrum throughout their lifespans.
We understand the challenges of the autism community because we work with individuals on the autism spectrum and their families every day. We offer advocacy, training and education, and direct care that helps individuals with autism to, increase their social and communication skills, develop independent-living skills, succeed in school or on the job, participate in community activities, and advocate for themselves.
We have a statewide network of resources, connecting individuals with autism and their families to life-changing programs and supports unavailable anywhere else.
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