Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Awareness Month Winding Down

Autism Awareness Month is coming to an end. It's a bit of a relief to this blogger who helped plan and implement some of the nine events my group, Central Michigan Autism Society of America (pending chapter) planned. Our Grand Finale was our memorial walk which turned out to be the beautiful, successful event for which the co-chairs had hoped. The family, who was a bit nervous about the whole event, was most appreciative afterward. I think we are all a bit pleased, but relieved it is over.

The awareness committee's efforts to bring awareness to the community was successful. We had good to great attendance for our events. Local papers covered most of our activities. A special thanks goes out to reporter Frank E. and Central Michigan University's student newspaper, CM Life.

Two of us moms were awarded for our autism-related efforts by a local radio station and/or United Way. One of our mom's won CFX (a radio station with staffed with people who have big hearts) Working Woman of the Year which was wonderful. A front page article of the winner and the nominee came out in our local paper.

The mom who won nominated me for volunteer of the week and I won some gift certificates, a plaque and recognition in general. CFX and United Way sponsors the volunteer recognition program. A small article about my efforts appeared in Sunday's paper which provided a boost of confidence considering I was partly in charge of our biggest event for the month. A lot was at stake because we were remembering someone special that day.

A guest column written by my co-chair was published in the same edition. She did a great job writing about the eight year old boy who died recently. I'm sure his family was touched. Both co-chairs wanted Sunday to be almost perfect and it was.

Anyway, during the height of the season some of us were joking around about "anything but autism days." As a result of our joking around, some of the moms and professionals in my community are planning to visit a local spa tomorrow--fitting since it will be the last day of the month. I haven't had the time to make an appointment and do not know if I'll be able to get in as the spa may be fully booked. But I'll have to admit that spa day sounds great right now.


Anonymous said...

Congrats! What are you going to do next month? ;)

J said...

Thanks. I hardly know what I'll do!: )