Saadiq Wicks has been stuttering since he first started talking. But when a peer told him to “sit down and stop talking” he wanted other people to know how he felt. So he and his mother sat down and took to social media to help get the 10-year-old Voorhees, New Jersey resident’s message across, loud and clear.
At first he used the page to “blog about his day-to-day experiences in speech therapy sessions or his encounters with strangers.” But it’s now morphed into a fundraising arm.
Last year, Wicks attended Camp Our Time in North Carolina. They offer all the usual camp activities, but with one exception. No one there will make any campers feel bad about their stutter. They all do it, have done it, or have a relative who does it: everyone from campers to counselors.
Wicks hopes to raise enough money to send five other children who stutter to the camp next year.
So far he’s raised about $350. But by Christmas “hopes to have raised enough money to register LLLet Me Finish as a non-profit organization.
For more details on Wicks’ organization, LLLet Me Finish, visit NJ.com.