Today was the lat big day of shooting for our families across the nation, and we ended in a great place in Albany, NY with the Washburn family. Starting bright and early at 8:30 am, we made our way to Camp Colonie, a camp sponsored by Easter Seals for children of special needs. Headed by Chuck and Mitch, and attended by both CJ and Buddy Washburn, the camp was an amazing example of what can be done when committed individuals dedicate themselves to having a good time with kids and special needs. There were a ton of smiles, and Chuck and Mitch should be commended for their awesome work!
Afterwards, we went to interview the Washburn family of Gary and Trish. What a story there is! It was exciting to hear about Trish’s work on the political level in NY, especially since she’s just an average mom who kind of got drafted for the job. The interview itself had a lot of tears and heart-felt emotion, and was a wonderful example of what has to be overcome for families to move forward in their lives.
We then went on to interview State Senator Roy McDonald, who has 2 grandchildren on the spectrum and is head of the Autism Caucus for New York. He loves having individuals like Trish advocating for families and looks forward to the autism movement gaining speed in the years ahead.
At the end of the day, we ended up at Buddy and CJ’s hippotherapy space called Everybody Counts in East Berne, NY. We got some great footage of the kids working with the horses, and had a wonderful time to boot.
We were sorry to have to say goodbye to the family, as we had a wonderful time. We look forward to coming back when the film is done to the Albany area for sure!
Alas, our time on the road in America has finally begun it’s journey home. The next 3 days of shooting are in Pennsylvania to finish up the story. Be sure to check out the final stages of filming the next few days. We love you all, and can’t wait to hear from you!