Boy with autism showered with rainbows

August 11, 2017 07:01 PM

GUILDERLAND - A 9-year-old boy with autism, who lost both of his parents within two weeks of each other, loves rainbows.

The YMCA Adventure Camp in Guilderland decided to do something special for the boy, named Robbie.

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First, they welcomed Robbie with a song.

"I could totally see the happiness in Robbie’s face," remarked Crystal Skawinski, Robbie’s aunt and legal guardian.

Her sister was Robbie’s mother. She died after complications from cystic fibrosis. Her husband died from a drug overdose two weeks later.

"My mommy and daddy died, because my mommy and daddy are gone," explained Robbie.

"He knows that they have crossed over the 'Rainbow Bridge' into heaven," noted Katie Egan with YMCA Adventure Camp.

"When Robbie sees the rainbows, he connects that with his parents," Skawinski explained.

Because of all the rain this summer, Robbie got to see plenty of real rainbows, but in July it rained and he didn't see one. That's when Skawinski asked her friends to share pictures of rainbows on Facebook.

"We're not rainbow dry anymore. We have about 13,000," she pointed out. "Still coming in from all over the world. It's amazing."

The camp, with about 400 kids, certainly wanted to do their part.

"We’ve got cards and bouquets of flowers, a beautiful rainbow arch to show support, because here at camp, we really just believe that everyone need to be part of one big family," pointed out Egan.

"The caring of people around us, the support is just amazing," reiterated Skawinski.


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