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What does all this blue mean really…?

Written By: teamcharliebear - Mar• 02•14


For years Autism Speaks has had an annual light it up blue campaign on April 2nd for World Autism Awareness Day. Their efforts have included, fund raisers, signing of proclamations stating awareness and other things that I will let you see for yourself in the video I’ve provided below.

As you can see, it’s kind of a big deal. For families like mine this day holds an even bigger meaning. I’m not naive enough to think that I’m the only one with a family member to ever struggle with this. When you spend the majority of your time running to and from therapies, you’re either too tired or simply too protective to put your child into unnecessary and uncomfortable social settings. Therefore, I might meet like moms and dads at therapy centers, but for the most part we keep to ourselves at home. The numbers are so high with autism, but yet somehow we often feel so alone with it. The isolation largely to blame. For that one day a year when folks are tagging our Facebook wall with how they lit their homes, or what they wore to work or school to show support. Seeing the news reports and different channel logos changed to blue. It’s all a little reminder and nudge of encouragement that we aren’t alone in this. Perhaps the most touching thing is that those of you who would otherwise have no attachment to the cause have gone to the trouble to show your support in these ways. Some of you will even send me “happy blue day” texts! Bless you for knowing I need that… Just one day to celebrate the differences that we have no vacation from.

I come from a Dad who prides himself on being a realist, and he can be a little hardcore about it. Last year, when shown our Blue/Awareness video he was less than impressed. He said, “autism doesn’t need a blue day, it needs a green day! Without money nothing will get done.” I admit he has a point but there are always ways to throw money at the cause if you’re interested. Don’t let me stop you! My goal at the moment is a bit more simple. I just want hope to shine a little brighter in these two towns I’m working on lighting up next month. Any town really! For the cost of a blue light at lowes or Home Depot to replace your already existing porch lights  YOU can make families like us know they aren’t as alone as they think. Doesn’t that sound worth it? Sure, a cure and prevention for autism would be great. The reality in my world is that it’s already here and it needs treatment. Both medical and humane! Please join our efforts this year. Doesn’t matter if you’re business or residential, or if you’re in our town or not! We want you involved. Send your pics to our TCB page on the book of face here.

Together, we can change how the world views autism…one bulb at a time.

We are already planning a few big things our way. I’m so excited I can barely stand it! There’s a preview video in the top right corner.
Below are the buildings in Springfield and Greenbrier we have so far that plan to Light it Up for Autism in April:

  • The Robertson County Courthouse
  • United Way of Robertson Co.
  • Torino’s Greek and Italian Restaurant
  • The old WSGI bldg on Main St.
  • Eckles
  • Valvoline
  • Payne Chevrolet
  • Cunningham
  • Springfield High School
  • Greenbrier Elementary School
  • Kids Connection of Greenbrier

We’d like to thank the Andy SoldIt Team of Keller William’s Reality for donating all the lights for the Courthouse Project. That was amazingly gererous of you! On behalf of the families around Robertson County…This means so much more than you will ever know to us. Thank you Mayor Howard Bradley for recognizing these children and adults on the spectrum. Let Hope Shine this April!

P.S.  I used the picture of the Empire State Building because it’s one of my favorite places on the planet.  When I’m standing up there I feel like anything is possible. There is Hope for ANYTHING!  Nothing wears the Blue better than that in my opinion…nothing! Except maybe our Courthouse..guess we’ll hafta wait and see ;)

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