A defining moment is something that helped shape you into the person you are today. I was 13 when I met Travis, and that day has changed my life. Travis is 26 years old and has autism. My dad started being one of his caretakers about 3 years ago. I remember my dad asking me if I wanted to go for a car ride with him and Travis. My dad first started working with Travis in the beginning of 2013, and I remember climbing into the back seat of the car and my dad introducing us. Travis smiled a big smile (with a front tooth missing because of a mishap that happened a few years ago) and all he said was "hi". Travis has a way of saying hi that is different from everyone else, and every time I hear him say it I just feel so happy. Travis can't string full sentences together, but he has a way of getting his point across, and anyone that has worked with him for a while knows what he wants when he wants it. Just because he doesn't have a very large vocabulary, doesn't mean he can't understand something said to him. If you ask him a yes or no question, he'll answer it with ease. If you ask him to do something, he can usually do it. He's done so much for my entire family, he's brought so much light into our lives, and at this point I can't imagine what it would be like to not have him in my life. People say that what I have with Travis is special, and after meeting Travis I started working with the Orangeville Wolves, the special needs hockey team. Without meeting Travis, I wouldn't have realized how much I enjoyed working with special needs people, and I never would have met a lot of the people I know today.