Friday, May 13, 2011

Sky Walkers

As I mentioned in my Mother's Day post, my best friend Christine has a sweet little munchkin named Skylynn who has autism. From the moment Christine and her husband Nate even suspected Skylynn might have autism, they rolled up their sleeves and went to work. They've always made sure that their daughter has all the resources and help she needs and they are incredibly hands-on in working with Skylynn to develop her communication skills as much as possible. They have also really worked to educate those around them on what autism is and what it isn't; they don't want people making assumptions about Skylynn's intelligence or about their parenting methods in communicating and disciplining their daughter.

I try to support Christine as much as I can as she goes through this journey, so I'm very happy to post about a walk we're participating in this fall with Autism Speaks.

Here is an excerpt from Christine's blog:

As you all know autism is something that has touched our family very personally and very deeply. Skylynn is the greatest blessing we have ever received. She is smart, beautiful, fun, creative, energetic, curious, and the center of our world. It breaks our heart daily to see her struggle against autism to communicate with us, deal with her world, and enjoy the simple everyday things of life. The struggle we watch her go through daily is why we are walking for autism.

Autism effects 1 in 110 children and Skylynn is just one of these. We are walking with Autism Speaks on October 8th to help raise money to research autism, and provide services to those who are affected with autism. We feel so much love and support from all of our friends and family and would love your support on October 8th. If you can make a donation to our team, great... if you can't, we understand. Either way we'd LOVE to have your company at the walk on October 8th. Please join us in our fight to make a difference in the lives of the more than 1 million Americans living with autism today.

Visit our team page: Sky Walkers to join our team or make a donation.

If you're able, please visit Christine's team page to make a donation to this great cause.

Thank you so much!!

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