Susan Mosure Memorial Fund
The Susan Mosure Memorial Fund was established in 2018. Susan was an enthusiastic advocate for children and adults with autism spectrum disorder. Her passion began once our son, Tyler was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) after months of relentless consultations, tests, and doctor visits. Susan immediately began to educate herself on the subject. She devoured several stacks of books and countless research articles. Susan was Tyler’s strongest advocate. She turned over every stone and knocked through any barrier that stood in the way of Tyler getting the help he needed. I will forever be grateful for the years she spent imbedding herself into the autism community, navigating the bureaucracy to secure help for Tyler to ensure he had the best possible scenario to flourish.
Susan’s passion and dedication to help Tyler grew into her mission to help others facing the same challenges. She had a longstanding affiliation with The Learning Spectrum, which serves hundreds of children with autism and related disorders in Central Ohio. Susan first became a client of The Learning Spectrum while seeking services for Tyler. Susan fell in love with staff and mission of The Learning Spectrum and eventually became the Finance Director.
She used her talents to raise awareness and assist others to navigate the maze of autisms-related services and support. Susan truly enjoyed working at The Learning Spectrum. The mission and purpose of the organization made her feel like she was making a long-term difference in the lives of many children and their families. She was exceedingly passionate about doing everything she could to ensure children had access to much needed autism-related therapy programs during the school district’s summer break (sometimes referred to as Extended School Year Services). Susan felt that maintaining social interaction and participating in engaging activities during the summer would reduce the likelihood of academic and behavioral regression during the summer months.
Proceeds of The Susan Mosure Memorial Fund will be used to provide financial support so that more families are able to participate in much needed autism-related therapies and summer programs at The Learning Spectrum. Children who receive continuous services over the summer months tend to have an easier time transitioning back to school in the fall, and tend to maintain behavioral, social and academic skills better than their peers who don’t attend summer programs. A structured environment with like-peers and set expectations daily provide children with ASD the opportunity to stay engaged with their environment, practice social skills, and use the communication skills they learned over the school year. Without opportunities like this to keep their minds engaged, children with ASD can tend to engage in less stimulating activities and lose skills quickly.
- Social skill practice (increased opportunities for peer interactions)
- Therapeutic activities such as speech therapy, occupational therapy and music therapy
- Creative arts such as drama and art
Susan Mosure was only 41 when she passed away in 2017 from Cholangiocarcinoma, also known as bile duct cancer. Susan and I were married for 17 wonderful years. She is also survived by our children, Bryn and Tyler; parents Dr. Richard “Dick” Soldner and Deanna Soldner; siblings Lori (Russ) Ballentine and Jeff (Martha) Soldner; in-laws Ted and Linda Mosure; sister-in-law Laurie Bertrand; nieces, Abbie, Emily, Elizabeth, Ashley, Kaitlyn and Finley; nephews, Michael and Jason; and many long-time friends.
- Tim Mosure
CharitySmith accepts donations in two ways:
Susan Mosure Memorial Fund
CharitySmith Nonprofit Foundation
13100 Filly Lane
Truckee, CA 96161
The above Memorial Fund is established as a division of Charitysmith Nonprofit Foundation (EIN 87-0636433). All donations are tax deductible in accordance with federal tax law. Receipts for tax purposes are sent via US Mail within two weeks of donation. Please consider asking if your employer participates in a gift-matching program. If so, your donation may be matched by your employer.
For questions regarding your donation or this memorial fund please contact CharitySmith.