Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Team JD Raises $1500 for Autism Speaks!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! A few weeks ago our family participated in the annual "Walk Now for Autism Speaks" in Orlando. This was our second year fundraising (although only our first year walking because in 2010 I had emergency surgery a week before the walk!). I can't tell you what an amazing experience it was. Team JD brought in more than $1500 for autism research and awareness - WAY surpassing our goal of $500! This wouldn't have been possible without the donations of our friends, family and coworkers who go out of their way to support us not only through the walk, but every day as they follow JD's journey.

Being there with the thousands of families like ours was so peaceful. There were no stares, no excuses, no awkward moments - just understanding and love. As we walked around the lake at Cranes Roost Park on a beautiful sunny day, it reminded me that no matter where I go, or what I do, autism is always a piece of me. Autism may have made my life a little more difficult, but what I received in return was way more valuable - an extended family of people all over the world who have children just like mine. It seems like each week I meet someone new who has been affected by autism and there's an instantaneous connection. I'm proud to be an autism mom - it's not easy, but it's worth every moment!


blackenpot said...

hello there. I have just found your blog and I find it very interesting.
It will be a honour to follow JD s journey.

Thank you for sharing.

Irene, your new follower.

Welcome! said...

Thanks Irene! I appreciate it!