Autism Walk Has Special Meaning for Governor Dave Heineman

By: Catherine Crane Email
By: Catherine Crane Email

Of the hundreds of people at the Autism Walk Sunday, one was Governor Dave Heineman.

He was there because of a very special personal invitation. Jacob Depenbusch knows the governor on a first name basis.

"I'm just really proud of Jacob and his parents. They do an incredible job and to see this many people out here it's incredible heart warming," said Heineman.

This isn't just a once-a-year public relations get-together for the Governor. This is a real friendship. Their relationship started two years ago at a parent teacher conference. Since then, they've played softball together and "Governor Dave" has always made time for the Autism Walk.

"It's important to me because of jacob and all these kids out here they have enormous challenges and yet every time im with Jacob he's postive and full of enthusiasm. He's doing better in school every year. so it really tugs at your heart. you're really proud of these kids," said Heineman. "If we can just make more families aware of the challenges that families have with autism each one is an individual case and were raising money here today to help find a cure to help all these kids out."

To Jacob, "Governor Dave" is just a friend.

Heineman added, "I've recieved a couple of very special letters from him where he's done very, very well in school he tells everyone that he can get "Governor Dave" to do anything and I'm proud to do it for him."

Sunday was not only a special day for "Governor Dave" and Jacob because of the Autism Walk, but also because it's Jacob's birthday. The Governor and Jacob celebrated with another party at Haymarket Park.


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