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  Dennis Mashue, left, smiles at his son Tucker Mashue, 17, as the pair lounges on sleeping bags on April 22 at their Midland, Mich. home.

Dennis Mashue, left, smiles at his son Tucker Mashue, 17, as the pair lounges on sleeping bags on April 22 at their Midland, Mich. home.

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  Tucker, center, smiles as the raft hits a rapid while Dennis, right, watches during a Whitewater Healing event on the Nantahala River in Bryson City, N.C. on Oct. 23. Whitewater Healing is a nonprofit that provides whitewater trips for kids with autism and is led by Olympic and world-renowned paddlers. This event was the highlight of the Mashues' year.

Tucker, center, smiles as the raft hits a rapid while Dennis, right, watches during a Whitewater Healing event on the Nantahala River in Bryson City, N.C. on Oct. 23. Whitewater Healing is a nonprofit that provides whitewater trips for kids with autism and is led by Olympic and world-renowned paddlers. This event was the highlight of the Mashues' year.

  Tucker Mashue, 18, plays music on his phone as he waits in the car for his father on Nov. 11 in Canadian Lakes, Mich.

Tucker Mashue, 18, plays music on his phone as he waits in the car for his father on Nov. 11 in Canadian Lakes, Mich.

  Dennis holds Tucker's hand as he blows out a marshmallow on Sept. 15 in Beaverton, Mich.

Dennis holds Tucker's hand as he blows out a marshmallow on Sept. 15 in Beaverton, Mich.

  Dennis talks with friends and customers at Little Forks Outfitters during a Tuck's Tooques promotion that they held there on Nov. 17 in Midland, Mich.    

Dennis talks with friends and customers at Little Forks Outfitters during a Tuck's Tooques promotion that they held there on Nov. 17 in Midland, Mich.

 

  Dennis, left, untangles the microphone as Tucker, right, gazes off before one of their presentations at a fundraiser at The Creek Bar and Grill on Sept. 24 in Midland, Mich.

Dennis, left, untangles the microphone as Tucker, right, gazes off before one of their presentations at a fundraiser at The Creek Bar and Grill on Sept. 24 in Midland, Mich.

  Dennis and Tucker embrace each other after a mutual moment of frustration on Oct. 22 in Bryson City, N.C.

Dennis and Tucker embrace each other after a mutual moment of frustration on Oct. 22 in Bryson City, N.C.

  Tucker wanders around the classroom as Dennis completes their presentation to a communications disorders class taught by MaryBeth Smith at Central Michigan University on Nov. 1 in Mt. Pleasant, Mich.    

Tucker wanders around the classroom as Dennis completes their presentation to a communications disorders class taught by MaryBeth Smith at Central Michigan University on Nov. 1 in Mt. Pleasant, Mich.

 

  Tucker and his friend Michael Bell, who is also autistic, wait for their turns to bowl during Tucker's 18th birthday party on Nov. 6 at State Lanes in Saginaw, Mich. Both Tucker and Michael bowl with the Saginaw Valley State University Bowling team from time to time.    

Tucker and his friend Michael Bell, who is also autistic, wait for their turns to bowl during Tucker's 18th birthday party on Nov. 6 at State Lanes in Saginaw, Mich. Both Tucker and Michael bowl with the Saginaw Valley State University Bowling team from time to time.

 

  Dennis Mashue completes work at Espresso Milano before setting up his booth at the Winter Village on Dec. 8 in downtown Midland, Mich.    

Dennis Mashue completes work at Espresso Milano before setting up his booth at the Winter Village on Dec. 8 in downtown Midland, Mich.

 

 Dennis looks at Tucker during a presentation at the Midland County Club on Aug. 16 in Midland, Mich.

Dennis looks at Tucker during a presentation at the Midland County Club on Aug. 16 in Midland, Mich.

 Tuck sits on the Appalachian Trail and grabs a drink as other hikers navigate around him on Oct. 22.

Tuck sits on the Appalachian Trail and grabs a drink as other hikers navigate around him on Oct. 22.

  Tucker walks to the post office to send off some orders of tooques on Sept. 14 in Midland, Mich.    

Tucker walks to the post office to send off some orders of tooques on Sept. 14 in Midland, Mich.

 

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Dennis Mashue, left, smiles at his son Tucker Mashue, 17, as the pair lounges on sleeping bags on April 22 at their Midland, Mich. home.

Tucker, center, smiles as the raft hits a rapid while Dennis, right, watches during a Whitewater Healing event on the Nantahala River in Bryson City, N.C. on Oct. 23. Whitewater Healing is a nonprofit that provides whitewater trips for kids with autism and is led by Olympic and world-renowned paddlers. This event was the highlight of the Mashues' year.

Tucker Mashue, 18, plays music on his phone as he waits in the car for his father on Nov. 11 in Canadian Lakes, Mich.

Dennis holds Tucker's hand as he blows out a marshmallow on Sept. 15 in Beaverton, Mich.

Dennis talks with friends and customers at Little Forks Outfitters during a Tuck's Tooques promotion that they held there on Nov. 17 in Midland, Mich.

 

Dennis, left, untangles the microphone as Tucker, right, gazes off before one of their presentations at a fundraiser at The Creek Bar and Grill on Sept. 24 in Midland, Mich.

Dennis and Tucker embrace each other after a mutual moment of frustration on Oct. 22 in Bryson City, N.C.

Tucker wanders around the classroom as Dennis completes their presentation to a communications disorders class taught by MaryBeth Smith at Central Michigan University on Nov. 1 in Mt. Pleasant, Mich.

 

Tucker and his friend Michael Bell, who is also autistic, wait for their turns to bowl during Tucker's 18th birthday party on Nov. 6 at State Lanes in Saginaw, Mich. Both Tucker and Michael bowl with the Saginaw Valley State University Bowling team from time to time.

 

Dennis Mashue completes work at Espresso Milano before setting up his booth at the Winter Village on Dec. 8 in downtown Midland, Mich.

 

Dennis looks at Tucker during a presentation at the Midland County Club on Aug. 16 in Midland, Mich.

Tuck sits on the Appalachian Trail and grabs a drink as other hikers navigate around him on Oct. 22.

Tucker walks to the post office to send off some orders of tooques on Sept. 14 in Midland, Mich.

 

  Dennis Mashue, left, smiles at his son Tucker Mashue, 17, as the pair lounges on sleeping bags on April 22 at their Midland, Mich. home.
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  Tucker, center, smiles as the raft hits a rapid while Dennis, right, watches during a Whitewater Healing event on the Nantahala River in Bryson City, N.C. on Oct. 23. Whitewater Healing is a nonprofit that provides whitewater trips for kids with autism and is led by Olympic and world-renowned paddlers. This event was the highlight of the Mashues' year.
  Tucker Mashue, 18, plays music on his phone as he waits in the car for his father on Nov. 11 in Canadian Lakes, Mich.
  Dennis holds Tucker's hand as he blows out a marshmallow on Sept. 15 in Beaverton, Mich.
  Dennis talks with friends and customers at Little Forks Outfitters during a Tuck's Tooques promotion that they held there on Nov. 17 in Midland, Mich.    
  Dennis, left, untangles the microphone as Tucker, right, gazes off before one of their presentations at a fundraiser at The Creek Bar and Grill on Sept. 24 in Midland, Mich.
  Dennis and Tucker embrace each other after a mutual moment of frustration on Oct. 22 in Bryson City, N.C.
  Tucker wanders around the classroom as Dennis completes their presentation to a communications disorders class taught by MaryBeth Smith at Central Michigan University on Nov. 1 in Mt. Pleasant, Mich.    
  Tucker and his friend Michael Bell, who is also autistic, wait for their turns to bowl during Tucker's 18th birthday party on Nov. 6 at State Lanes in Saginaw, Mich. Both Tucker and Michael bowl with the Saginaw Valley State University Bowling team from time to time.    
  Dennis Mashue completes work at Espresso Milano before setting up his booth at the Winter Village on Dec. 8 in downtown Midland, Mich.    
 Dennis looks at Tucker during a presentation at the Midland County Club on Aug. 16 in Midland, Mich.
 Tuck sits on the Appalachian Trail and grabs a drink as other hikers navigate around him on Oct. 22.
  Tucker walks to the post office to send off some orders of tooques on Sept. 14 in Midland, Mich.    
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