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Day 14 of 40 Day Shoot For United States of Autism Movie

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Utah has some of the most beautiful geological formations in the world hands down, but it’s the people that give it the spark. Today, we had the opportunity to visit the Cox family in Taylorsville, Utah, a small suburb of Salt Lake City. There, we met Clay (Dad), Evelyn (Mom), Akaila (8 Year old Daughter) and Parker (3 Year Old Son). Parker was actually sleeping in when we arrived, so we had an opportunity to check out around the house and property and set everything up well. By the time Parker got up, we were underway to put things together.

It’s funny how some people are just drawn to others. While Rene and Rich were outside shooting establishing shots and the meet and greet, Cassie and Rosleny were inside playing with Parker, and wouldn’t you know it Parker started doing things he’s never done before with anyone else with Cassie. In fact, Parker’s new best friend is Cassie, and his “Goodbye Cassie” whenever she left the house would have melt hearts around the country if you could have been there!

Evelyn and Clay have a very unique story, and we were lucky that they were open enough to allow us access to their personal lives so much. We’ll save the details for the film, but their story of challenges and triumphs will mesh very well with our other families for sure. Akaila had an awesome interview, and I guarantee you the things she talked about with her brother, their lives together, her life, and autism, will make you cry. She’s one of the sweetest and beautiful sisters a brother could want.

Colette, a Primary President from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, also came out to speak with us and share some information about their faith which was so helpful. Afterwards, we were able to get to the Salt Lake Temple, the largest Mormon Temple in the world, and security was gracious enough to allow us to take footage without any prior permission after checking in. The grounds are immaculate, and it will blow people’s minds how stunning the 10 acre campus is for sure. It was a place of true serenity.

The Cox family were wonderful hosts, and their son Parker, who just started speaking a few short months ago, was a bundle of joy and emotion when we left, waving and saying goodbye to all of us. They are a family on the right path with their son and family, and can’t wait to share them with you.

Tonight we were on our way through Nevada to California, where our next family awaits in Union City. We caught a beautiful sunset on the Salt Flats of Bonneville, so check them out! Also, be sure to check in tomorrow and we love you all out there following us!

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  1. Evelyn - July 7, 2010

    Beautiful shots!!! I’m so glad you were able to get in to see temple square as well. It was a joy having you!!!

  2. Michelle - July 7, 2010

    I grew up with Evelyn Cox and am so excited for this story about her family. I can’t wait to see it!

  3. Nate - July 7, 2010

    As a long-time friend and now brother-in-law of Clay and Evelyn I can say that amazing things have been happening with little Parker. Thanks for your work to bring stories like theirs to light.

  4. Jo - July 7, 2010

    What a great story. You guys are wonderful. They could not have picked a better family.
    Congratulations, and thanks for sharing your time.

  5. Mary Jentzsch - July 7, 2010

    I think it is great that you talked about the relationship of Akaila has with her brother. I have an autistic son and he has a twin sister that is amazing and I think siblings of autistic kids have such a huge part in helping them reach there full potential. Thanks for doing this film it helps us parents to hear others stories!!

  6. The Duties of a Certified Nursing Assistant - July 8, 2010

    well written blog. Im glad that I could find more info on this. thanks

  7. Mae - July 11, 2010

    I am so glad you are making this film! I know it will be great and it will be a blessing and comfort to many families, including the Cox family! I know that they had so much fun with you all! Great shots of the Salt Flats too! Good luck and be safe on your journey!

  8. pharmacy tech - July 16, 2010

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  9. Cheryla - July 19, 2010

    Can’t wait to see the film.

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