As many of you know, every year for the past 5 years I've participated in a walk to raise money for autism research. I'm super-passionate about this cause because I have been personally affected - both of my nephews have autism. Noah is 12 and Elijah is 10. They are so precious to me. If you're interested, my friend Kindra wrote an unbelievably touching story that features my family and you can read it by clicking here.

The number of children with autism continues to rise. At this point in history 1 in 88 children have autism.

Let that number sink in for a moment.

The rates are staggering. We must do something now to help find the cause and curb the effect of this disorder!!

This Saturday, October 6th, I will be walking with my team to help raise money to do just that. The proceeds we raise will go toward the local ASU research program. The ASU research program is doing some exciting studies that are revealing practical treatments that are being implemented to change childrens' lives NOW.

Please consider donating to help my team reach its goal of raising $6,000 toward this cause. So far, we've only raised $3,000, so we have a long way to go in a few short days! Even if you are only able to donate a few dollars, I would greatly appreciate it. You can donate here.

And if you are able to join our team on the day of the walk, we would love to have you! Everyone is welcome! The walk is short and kid-friendly. It ends in the Phoenix Zoo and if you participate in the walk, admission to the zoo is free for the day. You can sign up to join our team - WE LOVE NOAH & ELIJAH - here. You will then receive more info through email.

Thank you so much for reading this and for your support over the years! I really appreciate it!! I will blog on Monday about the walk and give you our final total raised. SO excited about how this money will make a difference in kids' lives.
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