Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Autism Awareness

I have an Autistic brother named Mikey. He's 26 now. Back when we were kids, Autism research was just beginning. Due to the overwhelming numbers of children being diagnosed with Autism (1 in 150 children), there is a lot of attention being paid to the disease. I hope to help by donating my "2 cents." With your help, we can raise a lot of money for this important cause.

I am donating $5.00 or $10.00 per bracelet (depending on style) for each of my Color! Autism awareness bracelet sales. The "chic" style bracelet is pictured below. It costs $25.00, 5 of which will be donated to Autism research and awareness. There is also a "vogue" style available for $50.00, 10 of which will be donated. I am including a sterling silver puzzle charm with each bracelet at no extra charge.

I make the donations to The Autism Society of America (ASA). They have a Pittsburgh chapter (AutismSocietyPgh.org). One member of their professional advisory board is Nancy J. Minshew, M.D. Dr. Minshew heads up the Center for Excellence in Autism Research (CEFAR) and has been one of my Mother's biggest advocates and friends over the years when it comes to my brother. She was the only doctor to agree with Mom when she knew that her child was Autistic. Remember, back then the disease was virtually unheard of. Don't quote me on this, but I believe the diagnosis rate was only 1 in 10,000 children!

You can help me by forwarding this information and the links above to anyone you can think of. We ALL know someone touched by this disease!

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