Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Curt and Ana Warner

Autism Lights #304 are Curt and Ana Warner.

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Curt and Ana Warner are from Clark County, Washington. They have four children. Their twin sons Austin and Christian have autism and are now 19 years old. Curt Warner is a former NFL Football Running Back. Curt and Ana Warner are Autism Lights for their autism advocacy as well as their dedication as autism parents.

Here is an ESPN News story on Curt and Ana Warner's family and how autism has impacted it.

Penn State Career: Curt Warner was the leading rusher on the Penn State Football Teams from 1980-1982.  His 3,398 career yards rushing was a Penn State Record that lasted until 2010.  He helped Penn State win their first National Championship in the 1983 Sugar Bowl. In 2009, Curt Warner was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

NFL Career: Curt Warner was a Running Back from 1983-1989 for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. He made the Pro Bowl 3 times. He concluded his career in 1990 with the Los Angeles Rams. You can view Curt Warner's complete NFL statistics at the Pro Football Reference Website.

High School Football Coach: Curt Warner serves as the running backs coach for the football team at Camas High School in Camas, Washington (Read More at Curt Warner's Wikipedia Page).

Curt Warner Autism Foundation: Curt Warner founded and is the President of the Curt Warner Autism Foundation.

National Autism Conference: Curt and Ana Warner delivered the keynote speech at the National Autism Conference on August 1, 2013 that was held at Penn State University (Read More in an Article on the Warner's by the Centre Daily Times). It was their first public speech on autism except for the ESPN film that was done on them.  You can view the entire speech on this YouTube video.

Here are two autism quotes from the Warner's speech at the National Autism Conference.
  • "I think the most important thing in this whole situation comes down to having faith. I will say that again and again and again: You've got to have some faith because this is a struggle that doesn't end....It's an ongoing process; it's not something you volunteer for. You're picked; you've got to deal with it. So God bless all of you (Read More in an Article by The Salt Lake Tribune)--.Curt Warner."
  • "Count your blessings. It helps a lot. You're going to have dark days, so remember to count your blessings. Write them down and read them, the funny stories. When you're sad, you'll laugh at stuff like that. It will brighten up your day (Read More in an Article by the Penn Stater Alumni Magazine)--Ana Warner."

Wikipedia Page: For more information on Curt Warner visit Curt Warner's Wikipedia page.

Special thanks to Curt and Ana Warner for being Autism Lights. Their dedication as parents and as advocates is a bright spot for all those in the autism community. To read other posts about Athletes visit the Autism Light Sports Page.

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