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Christine Weiss earned a BA from Florida State University in Food and Nutrition, and her husband Eric Weiss, a board-certified plastic surgeon, earned a BS in Chemistry from Davidson College and an MD from Duke University. They are co-authors of the book Educating Marston: A Mother and Son's Journey Through Autism, which focuses on raising their autistic son, who was born in 1995, and has been hailed as an outstanding resource for people with children on the spectrum. The Weisses are also advocates for stem cell replacement therapy and have chronicled the profound and positive changes it has made with Marston. Christine and Eric have two children and make their home in Florida.

Raising children with physical needs can be very trying for parents. Some parents have been known to break down and throw in the towel, while others just resigned themselves to fate and lived with the condition as they see it. But for a few others, like Christine (Chris) Weiss and Dr. Eric Weiss, it only inspired them to dig deeper and find ways to manage the situation.

Chris and Dr. Weiss’ son Marston was diagnosed with autism when he was young. For these two inspirational parents, when they discovered their son had ASD, they couldn’t sit back and do nothing. And so began their concerted effort to find answers. While on a quest to find solutions to help their son, they discovered Umbilical Cord Blood/Stem Cell Therapy. They felt it was a viable way of treating children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It could give him a better chance at living an improved life.

April is Autism Awareness Month, a time to educate and raise awareness about autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It is estimated that 1 in 54 children in the United States is diagnosed with ASD, a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects social communication and behavior. With the increasing prevalence of autism, spreading awareness about the disorder and supporting families on this journey is crucial.

Autism significantly affects the families of those with it. Knowing how to assist those diagnosed with ASD requires a set of life-altering skills that many struggle with – be it because of a lack of accessible care, lack of information, or neglecting the physical and mental health of the caretakers. It’s essential to bring to light the inspiring journeys of people finding motivation and bravery to deal with everyday life with ASD. Such is the story of Dr. Eric Weiss and Christine (Chris) Weiss and their son Marston, who was diagnosed with autism at a young age. Their story of hope and healing serves as a beacon of hope for families struggling with similar challenges.

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