Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Thane - Autism Speaks

Bec is an online friend of mine. We've never met in person or even spoken on the phone, but we have known each other for several years. She runs several email lists for overweight women who are trying to conceive, are pregnant, or are moms. She's been through the fertility wars herself and freely shares all she has learned with other women. Bec and her husband have two gorgeous sons. Her 3 year old son, Thane, has been diagnosed with PDD-NOS so now Bec is becoming another expert-by-necessity, this time on Autism.

There is currently a video contest going on, through the band Five for Fighting, under the heading of What Kind of World Do You Want? People can make a video about the kind of world they want, and FfF will donate money to a selected charity for each time someone views the video. Bec decided to make a video about Thane, with proceeds benefitting Autism Speaks.

When I saw the video for the first time, I cried. I've "known" Thane his whole life, so the things on the video aren't new to me, but I thought Bec put everything together in a very touching way. Take a look for yourself here and see what you think. You'll be helping Autism Speaks too. Please feel free to forward the link to others; Bec doesn't care about winning the contest, but would like to raise both awareness and money for the cause.