Sean at the 2008 Walk
Saturday, October 24, my family and I will be participating in a very
affected by autism with a noncompetitive 5K walk and community resource
fair, where parents meet a variety of autism service providers and kids
enjoy arts & crafts, moon bounces and other fun activities. Experience the
power of thousands united by a single cause by joining WALK NOW FOR AUTISM:
the fast-growing, family-friendly community dedicated to raising necessary
funds for autism research, awareness and outreach.
contact with this complicated disease.
My 10-year-old son, Sean, was diagnosed with a form of Autism, Asperger's
program within the Cy-Fair School District.
I strongly feel that I can have a direct impact on finding causes and cures
for autism. I also feel strongly that Autism Speaks/Cure Autism Now is a
wonderful organization which has been instrumental in furthering autism
research. In 1995, when Cure Autism Now was founded there were only 12
researches focused solely on autism. Today there are over 300. That is
progress. WALK NOW gives us a tangible way to help the nearly 1.5 million
other Americans affected by autism and related disorders.
I am asking for your support in helping us raise money for this worthy
cause. Any contribution you are able to make would be greatly appreciated,
but I ask you to give big as there is a big need for further research. My
personal goal is to raise $500.00 for Cure Autism Now and I hope to far
I know times are tough and some of my biggest contributors are no longer
my co-workers due to layoffs, etc. Please give what ever you feel comfortable with.
Sean's 2009 Autism Speaks Walk Now page
If you are unable to donate online, you can print out a donation form from
Please feel free to forward this e-mail on.
Why WALK NOW FOR AUTISM?
Every 20 minutes another child is diagnosed with autism. A cure must be
found NOW. Autism is a neuro-developmental disorder that is commonly
diagnosed by the age of three, and in some cases, as early as one year.
Affecting one in every 91 children born today, autism is characterized by
varying degrees of impairment in communication skills, social interactions,
and restricted, repetitive and stereotypical patterns of behavior. The
essential biomedical and scientific research.
About Autism Speaks and Cure Autism Now
cure. Cure Autism Now was founded in 1995 by Jonathan Shestack and Portia
Iversen, parents of a child with autism. Autism Speaks was founded in
February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, grandparents of a child with
autism. Autism Speaks and Cure Autism Now (CAN) recently announced plans to
combine operations, bringing together the two leading organizations
dedicated to accelerating and funding biomedical research into the causes,
prevention, treatments and cure for autism; to increasing awareness of the
nation's fastest-growing developmental disorder; and to advocating for the
needs of affected families. Together the organizations have awarded autism
research grants valued at more than $50 million. To learn more about Autism
Speaks, please visit www.autismspeaks.org.
Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder of development that lasts
throughout a person's lifetime. Because persons with autism exhibit
different symptoms or behaviors, ranging from mild to serious, autism is a
"spectrum" disorder, or a group of disorders with a range of similar
Children with autism have difficulty communicating and interacting with
others. Many individuals with autism seem to retreat into isolation, or
fixate on a word, an object, or an activity.
Sometimes symptoms are seen in infancy, while other children develop
normally for a year or more before they begin to slip into their own
private world. At best, a high functioning person with autism may simply
seem eccentric, a loner. At worst, a person with more profound autism may
never learn to speak or care for themselves.
You are never prepared for a child with autism. You will gradually come to
believe it, but never fully accept it, get used to it, or get over it. You
put away the hopes and dreams you had for that child - the high school
graduation, the June wedding. Small victories are cause for celebration - a
word mastered, a dry bed, a hug given freely.
I look forward to hearing from you. I thank you very much!