Paying it Forward

Max Well Therapy honors Autism Center director

Amy Daleo, executive director of the Autism Support and Resource Center in Burton is this month’s winner of the Max Well Therapy Pay it Forward program.

Amy Daleo, executive director of the Autism Support and Resource Center in Burton is this month’s winner of the Max Well Therapy Pay it Forward program.

FLINT TWP. — Probably no one is more deserving of a free pampering session than Amy Daleo, this month’s winner of Max Well Therapy’s Pay it Forward program.

Daleo won a one-hour massage from Max Well Therapy, but she has been too busy to schedule it. Why?

Probably because she’s a single mom of two, a business owner, Rotary member, Burton Chamber member, and Boy Scout volunteer, according to a press release. Also she is the Executive Director of the Autism Support and Resource Center in Burton, which is in the midst of planning its largest fundraiser of the year.

Yes, time is in short supply for Daleo as she works tirelessly to make sure the 9th Annual Autism Walk and Family Fun Day goes off without a hitch. This event, complete with inflatables, live characters, an obstacle course, refreshments, and raffles expects to attract more than 2,000 people who come out to show their support for autism.

The center relies 100% on monetary donations and volunteer support. The funds provide education, support and resources for families of autism spectrum disorder individuals with while teaching the community acceptance and empathy in their “bully-free zone.”

“I always say these four things: love, support, educate, and advocate,” said Daleo. “Autism doesn’t have a face. It could be anyone; your neighbor, your brother, your friend.”

For her autism is very close to home. Her two sons, Austin and Andrew, are on the spectrum. Twenty year-old Austin is excelling as a mechanical engineer and Andrew is excited to start his freshman year at Grand Blanc High School. The boys are thriving, thanks in part to the support the center has provided to their family.

Max Well’s owner, Jill Maxwell, is also familiar with the disorder. Her son Anthony, now 23, is on the spectrum.

“I understand the difficulties in finding support for autism,” she said. “The center is a huge asset to the community and Amy has been the key person in its development. It is my pleasure to acknowledge Amy for the time and energy she has put forth for the benefit of others Thank you.”

When Daleo does have free time, she enjoys family vacations, gardening, and making homemade products for her home-based business Amy’s Bubbling Boutique.

Max Well’s Pay it Forward program recognizes individuals in the community who selflessly give their time and attention to others. Each month one winner receives a one-hour massage from the skilled therapists on staff, a certificate of recognition and the appreciation of the community they serve.

Max Well is currently taking nominations for future recipients. If you know anyone who has given their time to others and deserves some time for them, nominate them for some pampering!

Mail your nomination to 1397 S. Linden Rd. Flint, MI 48532, email your nomination to, or fax your nomination to (810) 230- 8799. Include the name of the nominee, your phone number and best time to reach you, and the reason they deserve to win this award. — Rhonda Sanders

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