FuzziBunz® Gives: Autism Speaks
5/31/2011 A message from Tereson Dupuy, Mother of Eden, FuzziBunz Founder

FuzziBunz® Gives: Autism Speaks

FuzziBunz® will donate $1 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.

Proud Supporter of Autism Speaks. It's time to listen.

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 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!

Tereson Dupuy

The History of Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the nation's largest 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. We are proud of what we've been able to accomplish and look forward to continued successes in the years ahead.

Our Mission At Autism Speaks, our goal is to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders.

The Mission of Autism Speaks
We are dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and to bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder. We are committed to raising the funds necessary to support these goals.

Autism Speaks aims to bring the autism community together as one strong voice to urge the government and private sector to listen to our concerns and take action to address this urgent global health crisis. It is our firm belief that, working together, we will find the missing pieces of the puzzle.

Autism Speaks. It's time to listen.