Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Light it Up Blue : World Autism Awareness Day & Spreading The Love With Cloth Diapers




So you may have noticed all of the blue light bulbs popping up all over the internet, and to be honest, I had no idea what they meant until a year ago.

I personally have no experience with autism, and luckily no one that I know has suffered from it, but that does not stop me from educating myself about this brain disorder and having the passion to help those who suffer from it.

Since 2005, over 49,000 people many have stepped up and to help educate and spread awareness about autism, a disorder that effects 1 out of every 88 children.


What Is Autism Speaks?

Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Their longtime friend Bernie Marcus donated $25 million to help financially launch the organization. Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

For more information about Autism and a list of ways that you can help, please visit the Autism Speaks web page.


I found out today, that a very influential member of the cloth diapering community is quite passionate about Autism Speaks. The founder of FuzziBunz Cloth Diapers, Tereson Dupuy, had shared the following from her Facebook page today :

"Dear FuzziBunz Friends:

Many of you know me as the Mother of the Modern Cloth Diaper. I invented FuzziBunz in 1999 after my son, Eden, was born with severe eczema.

Fast forward seven years. Eden is a thriving young boy with no skin issues; however, over the years I had noticed that Eden displayed some behavioral concerns and learned that he found socializing with others hard to do. Eye contact was difficult and speech issues were a constant struggle, something I thought he would out-grow.

My concerns mounted and so I took Eden to the doctor. That's when I got the numbing news: Eden was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, a form of Autism. At first my heart sank. Autism was the only word I heard. My Eden was one in 110 children who would have to cope with autism for the rest of his life. I was devastated.

My devastation quickly turned to optimism. With the support of organizations like Autism Speaks—and my family and community—I learned that there were many techniques and treatments to help Eden cope and thrive. It has been some journey—that's for sure—but one I wouldn't trade for the world!

I recognize that I am fortunate that FuzziBunz has afforded me the opportunities to treat and help Eden, but I know not all families are in this position. That's why, in Eden's honor, FuzziBunz will donate $1 to for every "Light It Up Blue" diaper we sell to Autism Speaks, a national advocacy organization dedicated to funding autism-related research and helping families impacted by autism. (Note Light It Up Blue was once known as Blue Sky). The diapers are the same price as the all the other FuzziBunz cloth diapers—so I hope you'll simply add the Light It Up Blue diaper to your stash and know that, by doing so, you're helping families like mine cope with Autism and that you're contributing to our nation's plight to find a cure.

Many of you already know that I founded FuzziBunz because of Eden. His constant diaper rash wouldn't go away and his doctor told me I had to use cloth diapers only—no more chemical-ridden disposables. At the time there weren't any modern cloth diapering options, so I had to invent one. I credit my special little boy, Eden, with the invention of FuzziBunz, and now as the inspiration of FuzziBunz's public support for Autism-related organizations. Thank you to Eden and to my entire support system, which includes family, friends, advocacy organizations and now you, our loyal FuzziBunz fans!

Sincerely,
Tereson Dupuy"


Not only is $1 from every "Light It Up Blue" cloth diaper purchase going to be donated to Autism Speaks, but I will personally donate 100% of my FuzziBunz affiliate earnings to Autism Speaks!. Just make sure that you make your purchase through the link below.

Click here to visit FuzziBunz Modern Cloth Diapers


Don't have a need for cloth diapers? You can also make a donation on my personal Autism Speaks fundraiser page.


Of course, no donation is necessary to help make a difference, just a simple pledge to help "shine a light" will do.

Thank you to all who have made the decision to help those who are struggle day to day with Autism.



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4 comments:

  1. Wow, thanks for sharing this. I had no idea that Teresen had a son with Aspergers! Spreading the word is how we can support these amazing children! Glad you linked up over at
    http://thinkingoutsidethesandbox.ca/autism-what-it-means-to-me/

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  2. One of the reasons that I love cloth diapers is because my daughter gets far fewer rashes in cloth than in disposables.

    Thank you for donating to help with autism!

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  3. Kudos to you for spreading the word on this. I have a family member with Asperger's and it can be tough. There's so much more we all need to be education on autism and have empathy and support families who are living with it.

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