Catching Up With Joe Hudy
Last month, we featured fourteen-year-old Joe Hudy who, along with his marshmallow cannon invention, intrigued minds and stole hearts at Maker Faire, a techie-type convention held in California last May. Joe is a remarkably talented kid who has Asperger’s Syndrome, a mild form of autism. Throughout his life, he has struggled to make friends and find his place in the world, but thanks to his newfound community of fellow inventors and scientifically-minded peers, he has found a group where, not only does he fit in, he shines.
Since last month, Joe has become a bit of a celebrity. He was featured on CBS 5 KPHO in a “Paying it Forward” segment in which he was able to ‘pay it forward’ to Home Depot employee Jerry Becker, who has shown patience and kindness with Joe and taken the time to help him with his inventions.
Joe’s circle of fans now includes people from as far away as Japan, and he has been invited to be a presenter at Detroit’s Maker Faire in late July. He also plans to attend the event in New York in September. “He’s really come out of his shell,” says Joe’s mom, Julie. “We are definitely seeing a lot more confidence coming from him.”
In order for the family to attend, Joe is selling marshmallow cannon kits for $150 each. You can find them on http://lookwhatjoeysmaking.blogspot.com/. The family is also holding fundraisers, and non-profit organization We Care Anthem is accepting donations on Joe’s behalf.
If you would like to help, contact Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org. Checks (please put “Joe Hudy” in memo line) can be sent to:
c/o Julie Hudy
4618 W. Challenger Trail
Phoenix, AZ 85087
We are proud to be a small part of this talented boy’s success and wish him all of the best in the future! It is a reminder of what a creative and diverse community we are all sharing!