Today, hundreds of parents walked out of a hospital or doctor’s office having just received the devastating news that their child has special needs. Driving home in silence, they replay the doctor’s words over and over, “I’m sorry but your son has autism.” “Your daughter has cerebral palsy.” They wonder what their life is going to look like and how to navigate this new world of seemingly endless therapy appointments, doctor visits, hospital stays and sleepless nights. Often, they slip into the pit of hopelessness, despair and isolation. Becky Davidson and her late husband, Jeff, experienced these emotions after learning their son, Jon Alex, would face life with cerebral palsy, autism and epileptic seizures. Rising Above Ministries was birthed from their struggles as special needs parents. They wanted to bring hope, support and encouragement to families like themselves. Over time they developed support groups, retreats and conferences to undergird this needy community. Events are designed to provide support, counsel, and encouragement at little or no cost to families. Popular events include the Heroes Ball, Easter Eggstravaganza, and Tim Tebow’s Night to Shine Prom. Rising Above helps give families a sense of belonging and assurance that they are not alone.