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Autism Speaks

David Kahle, proud father of a son with autism, found a unique way to support the Light It Up Blue campaign. 

Watch how he gets his city council to wear the Autism Speaks pins and provide two separate proclamations.  He also signed up over 25 stores and restaurants, not to mention the street lights, to go blue in his town.

 

Hi, my name is Andy Carfagna.  I am 17 years old and am the big brother of Danny who 15 years old. Life with my brother is very different than most other brother’s throughout the world. Danny has a severe case of Autism. Living with Danny, my family and I have lots of ups and downs. He can be one of the best brothers when he is happy and laughing in the good times. But, that is not always the case. He can be anxious, upset, or sometimes, something is set off in his head that puts him into a huge fit where he is jumping up and down, screaming and at times aggressive.

I walk for my son, Elijah, who was diagnosed with Autism in 2010 at the age of 2.

I walk for the sleepless nights in the early days of diagnosis, wondering what the future would hold.

I walk for the relentless commitment to the cause by my wife, who spent hours upon hours researching, reading, reaching out, working for a better future.

I walk for my son, Ryder, who does not have autism…, he who loves his brother with the purest of hearts. I walk for my boys, who sometimes play together, sharing a laugh or a smile.

My Name Is Michael Mendon And I Have Autism. At first, I walked because I wanted to help myself. At that time, all I ever wanted was acceptance for 'who I am.' Being 'different' was difficult and lonely. It seemed I was alone, even when surrounded by people, I still felt alone. Sometimes I just wanted to be like everyone else because it is easier. As I became more involved in helping with the walk, people didn't even notice any of my 'abnormalities.' It gave me the only thing that I ever wanted - - acceptance.