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Project of the Day: ‘HeartChild’ Follows the Family of an Autistic Child

Project of the Day: 'HeartChild' Follows the Family of an Autistic Child

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HeartChild is the remarkable story of Crys Worley, a young mother who advocates for her autistic child while struggling with her own health 
Elevator Pitch:
“Heart Child” is a documentary film about twenty-nine year old Crys Worley, who is the mother of a nine year old autistic child, Sasha. It is a remarkable story about a mother’s struggles, not only with her own health, but the well being of her son. Committing to Sasha that she will never give up on him and inspired by the challenges parents of autistic children face, she started a non-profit organization, called A.Skate – Autism. Skating with Kids through Acceptance, Therapy, and Education. This film documents her extraordinary journey.
Production Team:
Director/Producer/Cinematographer: Ben Duffy
Editor/Cinematographer: Mike Sassano

About the Production:

“I’ve been around autism, literally my whole life, and my ADHD and behavioral issues were so ridiculous when I was younger, that I have always been able to relate to not being in control of yourself. My mom was an occupational therapist. She helped me to understand that autism is a gift to the world, because it helps people to accept unique perspectives, and being very different myself, that helped me to understand and appreciate who I was. I feel forever indebted to autism and skateboarding, so deciding to make this film was really a no brainer for me.” — Ben Duffy

Current Status:


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Darian's mom

Great story, many blessing on your movie….Love the awareness your promoting.
Aloha frm Hawaii

Christine Infuso

Good Luck on your project. It is definitely worth my time to watch. I enjoyed the trailer and I voted for you. Pretty informative and powerfully emotional. Thanks for caring and going the extra mile when the rest of us fall short.


I want nothing more than to see this become a successful outreach of awareness and much sought after needs for all people on the spectrum. This is fantastic! I hope to view this movie!


I cannot explain to anybody how skateboarding saved my life. There aren't words to describe it. This film shows how big of an impact skateboarding can have on someone. The connection to skateboarding goes way beyond a toy, or child's game. It is sheer joy in finding an individual activity that makes you happy and promotes creative expression and growth. This NEEDS to be seen by a larger audience!


Let's make this one the WINNER!

Elvera Vilson

Love the message and the story.

Patti Rivas

Scottie Doodles


How people see the world so differently is amazing. I wish everyone could see it that way.

Tammy Vilamarim

You two are amaaaaaaazing! I have had the honor of working with Michael's brother and The Sassano family. I also have a son with autism. There really are no words to explain how appreciative I am of you two for "spreading awareness". I am touched…had chills and cried during your interview!!! Loved seeing Jason's smiling face!!! Car washes are pretty cool, by the way!!! You guys ROCK!!!!!!!!



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Alan Geller

Heartchild is An inspired project that is emotionally charged and artfully done. And the story behind Ben and Mike's dedication and efforts makes it all the more incredible! Thanks guys! This stuff effects way too many of us personally – and all of us indirectly in oh do many ways!

Super work!

Popa Sas

A great thing!!! Share the art of stoke with the disabled or special needs comunity..
Watch the trailer and look at the expressions on the faces.. skaters, parents, volunteers.
Help these guys and this organizaton get out there. Vote for heartchild and pass along to friends and family to vote. Donate if you can. It will make your day better!

Toni McCraw

You are a true inspiration to us all I tried to vote but couldn't find it I love following all your adventures can't wait for u to come to va beach or richmond to have both boys in one of your clinics you are a true angel :-)

Nelson d. Abrigos

You guys are an inpiration to all parents with special children. I am a father of 2 kids diagnosed with adhd & pddnos. You guys are doing a great job for engaging a challenging project such as this! God bless you!

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