If there is one thing childhood cancer has taught me:
Whether our children are touched by cancer or developmental delays or autism or food allergy or mental illness or nothing at all, we all need to hold each other up.
Today is World Autism Awareness Day. Many of my close friends are touched by autism--they are parents to children with the disorder or one of their siblings was diagnosed or they work with children. Today is a day when we all need to stop and read about autism--whether our children have it or not--that does not matter. The truth is, our children could have been one of the millions of individuals with autism spectrum disorder and for some of you reading--they are.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its estimate of autism prevalence in the United States to 1 in 88 children.
Today, I invite you to turn your lights blue--pick up a blue light bulb($1.99 at Home Depot). Make a donation to Autism Speaks, an organization dedicated to finding causes, therapies and cures for autism. Read about autism here and to reach out to those mothers who are fighting everyday for their child.