A Big Heart

Over the past few weeks or so, I have written extensively about World Autism Awareness Day (here, here, and here), and autism awareness in general.  It is an issue that is really close to my heart, obviously, and that I am very passionate about.

Yesterday, however, I had my eyes opened to how many people I consider friends are also passionate about raising awareness.  So, I wanted to take a minute to thank them.

Ryan, who I reference on here quite frequently, has been right there by our side almost since day one, and dedicated his blog to raising awareness (check it out here).  His support, and the support of his amazing family has meant the world to us.

Sarah, Kaitlyn’s buddy at Miracle, and president of SPAA at FSU, worked extremely hard in getting the word out on campus, and attended (and let us know about) the Light It Up Blue event at our Old Capitol last night.  She has forged such a tremendous bond with Kaitlyn in a very short period of time, and we are proud to call her our friend (and we even “claimed” her as family last night for a picture with CFO Jeff Atwater).

And then there is Coach Mike.  He happily greets us each Thursday at Miracle, and is part of what makes Miracle special for everybody.  He posted a tear-inducing video on his Facebook profile, and even changed his profile picture to a picture of Kaitlyn yesterday.  All in the name of raising awareness.

We even had the opportunity last night to connect with Sharon Boyd with Autism Speaks, and I look forward to working with her to help make and keep autism awareness a front-burner issue in our state.

Each of the people I briefly mentioned here has a tremendously big heart.  We feel incredibly fortunate to have them in our lives, and are very thankful for everything they do, not just for us, but in raising awareness.

Of course, I could not wrap-up writing about WAAD 2012 without expressing disappointment that the White House did not participate again this year.  But there is hope.  Being snubbed two years in a row seems to have ignited a fire under Amber (no, she will not be the next “angry blogger”), and she started a Facebook page to campaign the White House to pledge to light up blue next year.  You can “like” it by responding to the request I sent you if we are friends on Facebook, or by going to www.facebook.com./lightthewhitehouseblue.  Let’s make 2012 the last year that we are ignored.

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