Written by Joe Scotchie Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00
On Sunday, Sept 29, from 4 to 6 p.m., The Park at East Hills will host a day of flag football to benefit Autism Speaks. Music and entertainment donated by the Echo agency, food by The Grill at East Hills and Lontza Pizza.
One of the students who will benefit from the event is Luke Greenfield, a nine-year old who attends the East Hills School. Luke’s best friend is Cole Faller, who also goes to East Hills and who has delievered the following message about his buddy.
“I am putting together a flag football fundraising game for my friend Luke Greenfield. I am hoping to raise money for autism,” Cole wrote to The Roslyn News. “Luke has autism. It’s okay. He can’t talk that well. Autism is just a different way of thinking. You can’t catch autism. It’s fun to play with him because he is so fast. All the time he runs everywhere. I love to chase him.
“People are different in many ways,” Cole continued. “Color, gender, size and other things. Luke repeats by running everywhere. When the schedule gets messed up he might get confused. Luke has a sister named Sophie and parents just like me. He has many friends also. Some kids with autism hear, see, smell and taste differently than other people. He covers his ears if someone screams. To Luke, it sounds about 10 times louder. He cannot communicate that well, so he does it through an iPad. He has a schedule too. Luke understands some things differently. That’s my buddy Luke.”
Sunday, Sept. 29 is the perfect time for Roslynites to open their hearts and wallets to this worthy cause.