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April is Autism Awareness Month

Dear family and friends

It is amazing what time can do to our lives. This time last year I was living one of the most difficult moments of my life. It was around this time that we faced the possibility of Guto being on the autism spectrum. Until we got his first evaluation the internet was my best friend, and also my worst enemy.  It was during my search for answers and in the need of finding positive information and support that I came across some wonderful people. People that had been through what I was living, the same doubts and the same despair. They were able to comfort my heart and helped me to see beyond the A word. They helped me to see my son again. Sometimes we get stuck on the problem and we forget to look at the bigger picture. We see things in one way and with that we build a completely distorted image of a situation. And when we get in this hole it is good to have people that can help pull you out of there, shake you up and bring you back to reality.

This wonderful group of people that helped me through this difficult time got together to do more good. They started a Foundation to be able to help more people like me, more people like them, more people like our kids and I am so honored to have been invited to be a part of it. I am trilled to announce the Arkansas Autism Foundation (AAF). You can learn more about the foundation and follow our work on our facebook page HERE 

The AAF, in collaboration with Goodwill, will host its first annual Autism Festival and Walk on May 13th. As some of you may already know, we have a team in Guto’s honor, “The Sweetest Gift.” If you happen to be in Little Rock on May 13th we would love for you to join our team and come walk with us to help us raise awareness to autism.  You can donate or get a t-shirt to help our new foundation, just click HERE. You can also help by sharing with your friends about our Foundation. The more people knowing about it the better. Someone that needs help may be closer than you think!

Here is what our t-shirt looks like 🙂

Thank you so much for your support and I am hoping you can walk with us on May 13th 🙂

Getting ready for Autism Awareness Day

World Autism Awareness Day is an internationally recognized day observed on April 2 every year, encouraging Member States of the United Nations to take measures to raise awareness about children with autism throughout the world. It was designated by the United Nations General Assembly resolution “62/139. World Autism Awareness Day”, passed in council on November 1, 2007, and adopted on December 18, 2007.

Every year, autism organizations around the world celebrate the day with unique fundraising and awareness-raising events. We couldn’t be left out of this movement, you all know how important this is to us. So we designed a very cute T-shirt to raise awareness and to show our support.

According to The Autism Society, the autism awareness ribbon is multicolored, with a puzzle pattern in different shades of red, blue and yellow. Even though blue is the color most people wear to show their support, blue is not the official color for autism. It just happens to be the color that the organization Autism Speaks choose to spread awareness through the Light it Up Blue campaign. Since a color spectrum has a range of many different colors, we believe the colors to define support and awareness to autism should be endless.

The puzzle piece is still the symbol most organizations use. Although there are some conflicting opinions on this subject, we decided to use the puzzle pieces in our campaign as we already explained our view in regards to this on a previews post.

We picked a few colors for you to choose from. Royal blue, as it is the most known color for autism awareness and because we respect the work Autism Speaks does on spreading the word about Autism and all they do for families like ours. The other colors were individual picks of my family members.

Hope you all like the color selection and the design we picked. It was done with a lot of love and hopefully will be as special to you as it is to us. Please share with your family, friends, co-workers and everyone you can think of.


Our campaign ends on March 6th and the estimated delivery is March 22nd. So you will have plenty of time to get ready. Now choose the one you like the most and get ready to show your support on April 2nd! Click here to get your T-Shirt!

Our goal is to not only raise awareness, but also raise acceptance and help to spread information in order to better educate the public at large.

Thank you in advance for your support. We could not do this without you!

The Walk!

My parents got here at the end of September and it is always wonderful to have them around. I thought I would have tons of spare time with them being here to write the blog and catch up on things, but was I mistaken! It seems like I was even busier than ever.
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We participated for the first time in the Autism Speaks Walk a couple of days after they arrived. It turned out to be a beautiful day. I wish we had got to the Clinton Library earlier, but it was not easy to get Guto out of bed that morning. He woke up a bit indisposed and we were afraid he might actually be getting sick. But when we got there and Guto saw the stage it didn’t take long for him to go up on it and try to get into everything he could.
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The organization was great. There were a lot more people than what I expected. I loved seeing all the families supporting their loved ones. I am not sure if it was because there were so many people, but Guto was not on his best mood and just wanted to stay in the bouncy house. Therefore I didn’t walk around to see all the tents and people that were there, but as far as I could tell everything was a success.

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My heart was full to see family and friends together supporting us. Our team was awesome as you can see in the picture. There aren’t enough words to say how thankful I am for everyone that came (from close by and far away) and helped to make this day even more special. The actual walk was pretty short and afterwards most of our team went to Café Bossa Nova for lunch. Nothing like celebrating this great day with family, friends and good food.

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“There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life beautiful for others.” – Mandy Hale

PS: more pictures to follow

The Sweetest Gift T-Shirts are in!

I am so excited to say that our t-shirts will be arriving soon so we can start our fundraiser to raise funds and help promote awareness to one of the most important causes we know: AUTISM AWARENESS! Our t-shirts are just too cute not to get one! All profits from the sales will be directed to Autism Speaks to help on their search for the causes and most effective treatments for autism and provide information, tools, and resources to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by autism. We have 2 t-shirt styles (see below). On the front you find our logo and on the back the logo of our sponsors. A huge thanks to all of them for helping us to make this happen.

You are welcome to join us at the Arkansas Autism Walk that will take place on October 1st, 2016. Our team will be proudly wearing this T-shirt 🙂

We will start mailing t-shirts around September 15th. After this date, if you live in the Little Rock area,  you will be able to purchase the T-shirt at any Moose Cleaners location.

Please share with your family and friends so we can make this a successful campaign! I would like to take a moment to thank all the people that believe in this cause, and a special thanks to our sponsors: Moose Cleaners, Pafford Air One, Cafe Bossa Nova Restaurant, Magic Press Corporation, Red Door Book and Veiga Racing for Autism.

 

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