Kathie Lee & Hoda: Everyone Has A Story Contest Winner
Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb announce the winner of this week’s Everyone Has A Story contest on The Today Show. This week’s winner is Hunter Brown, an 11-year-old from Las Vegas, Nevada.
Hunter Brown: Autism
Hunter Brown is joined in the studio by his mother and father, Lisa and Mike Brown. In a letter written to The Today Show by Lisa Brown, we find out more about Hunter. At the age of 3, Hunter Brown was diagnosed with autism and couldn’t even speak until age 4. Lisa says Hunter is a compassionate and sweet boy. Through music, Hunter has been able to overcome some of the daily challenges of autism.
Autism: Pervasive Developmental Disorder
Autism is a developmental disorder that appears in the first three years of life. Autism affects the brain’s normal development of social and communication skills. It can be linked to abnormal biology and chemistry in the brain. The exact causes of these abnormalities remain unknown, but is an area of research that is being pursued in high demand right now. Doctors assume that there are probably a combination of factors that lead to autism.
Hunter Brown: Song Bird Nickname
As a child, Hunter Brown would wake up humming his songs, so his parents gave him the nickname, Song Bird. With that love for music showing at an early age, Hunter entered a school’s talent show at 8 and fell in love with the stage. He told his mother he would rather be on the stage then off. Currently, Hunter sings in vocal competitions and sings in a choral ensemble glee group and has sang the national anthem at several events this past year. Hunter sings because he thought inspiring people would make other people impressed.
Hunter Brown Meteoroligist
While Hunter Brown has a passion for music and the need to be onstage, he does have the desire for a day job. Hunter would like to one day become a meteoroligist.With that being said, his all-time favorite person is of course, The Today Show’s All Roker. He was excited to meet Kathie Lee and Hoda, as well.