Earlier this month we celebrated World Autism Awareness Day, lighting over 1,000 iconic buildings and countless homes around the world blue in support of autism awareness. It’s not too late to join Autism Speaks to shine a light on autism. Autism awareness doesn’t stop after April 2nd - keep lighting your windows and homes blue and help us keep awareness of this disorder at the forefront of everyone’s mind.
I knew I walked for my daughter, but I didn't truly understand WHY, until I walked for the first time last year at the Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA.
Here I go again, my second half marathon with Team Up for Autism Speaks in my hometown of Pittsburgh on Sunday, May 15. I successfully completed the Disney Half Marathon in January 2010, my first endurance event. So why continue? One word…AUTISM.
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.
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