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Monday, April 8, 2013 8:27:00 AM

By Shannon Penrod:

High on my list of things to do today is, “Shave my head.”  Why, you ask?  Well the short answer is to show support for Ryan Eoff, a young dad with brain cancer.  Ryan is not a close friend of mine; in fact we have never met, never even spoken on the phone.  But today I will show my support for him and his family, by shaving my head.  A kind person has promised to donate money to Ryan and his family in exchange for my bald head.  I am thrilled to support this brave young man and to do something that I hope will help his family, if even in a small way.  That’s the short answer.

The longer answer is that I am participating in an exciting event called “Compassion in Action”.  This is a campaign in April, during Autism Awareness Month, that asks us all to take at least one action to show compassion towards another human being.  We all know that doing something nice for someone else is a great way to lift all of our spirits.  We also know that our actions teach other people how we want to be treated.  In a month when the light shines on our Autism community, what better way to show who we are than to show our compassion?  And lastly, in a world that seems to swing from one viral video to the next, wouldn’t it be nice to make compassion viral?  What would our world look like if we all focused on showing compassion?  I know I’d like to find out!

So I shave my head today for Ryan and for hope, for all of us. I hope you will join me and put Compassion in Action!  In fact, we’d like to feature your acts of compassion on Autism Live.  Upload a short video about the action you are taking and send us the link.  Or you can just email your story to us at autismlive@gmail.com

To watch the live head shaving tune in to Autism Live at 1pm Eastern, 10am Pacific Time.  The talented and funny Mark Christopher Lawrence from Chuck and Glee will be holding the razor while Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson, Monica Holloway and Alex Plank deliver the play-by-play!