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April 14, 2007

What kind of world do you want?

Thanks to everyone who has let me know about this charity for Autism Speaks over the last couple of weeks. Here are the details:

Autism Speaks created a music video of the Five for Fighting song, "World", which features images of autistic children and their families. It is a truly moving video and was the work of Bill Shea.

The band is generously donating $0.49 to Autism Speaks for each time the video is viewed – the funding goes toward research studies to help find a cure. When you have a moment, please visit the link below to watch the video and pass it along to your friends and family. They are aiming for 10,000 hits, but hopefully we can help them to surpass this goal.

To view the video, click here.

So many cool things happening these days on the internet. Love this opportunity to do good in this crazy medium of connectivity.

Speaking of connectivity, I got to chat with Kevin Bacon on the phone yesterday (that was when Paolo was playing blanket train with Simon). As the founder of he was the originator of that spectacular contest that so many of you generously participated in over the last few months.

It was really cool to get the opportunity to thank him personally for taking a chance on such a cool charity set-up. Our conversation was an interview that will be available as a podcast on the Six Degrees site soon (I think next week). We talked about the how I heard about the contest, my personal connection with autism, what the whole thing meant to me, connectivity, the power of people, one + one, etc. It was cool. He is cool.

They chatted with each of the top 6 badges so I am excited to hear from the others about their experience.

And, we did come out on top.



  • 1.
    Elizabeth said…

    isn’t it beautiful to see how so much good can come from people helping people?

  • 2.
    jennifer davis said…

    I am so happy for you Ali! :) Congratulations on reaching your goal…it’s been so fun to be a part of this journey with you!

  • 3.
    kimberly said…

    Thank you for sharing your family journey with us all and allowing/ motivating us to be a part of the bigger picture. And for all the glimpses into your life/ art. Very cool. Congratulations!

  • 4.
    scrappysue said…

    Ali, you are so cool. I would have totally freaked out if Kevin Bacon had called me on the phone. Many congratulations, and here’s to hope for all those touched by Autism. Happy, happy Saturday.

  • 5.
    Becky Dustin said…

    Ali, I am so happy that we were able to help you meet your goal. Thanks so much for giving a glimpse into your life and sharing your journey with us. I am so glad you were in the top 6. To raise that much money and educate people about autism…is amazing!!!

  • 6.
    Amy said…

    Congratulations, Ali – what a beauuutiful statement made by one and all. Amy

  • 7.
    Marty said…

    very sweet video and song….
    congratulations on doing so exceedingly well on the badge!

  • 8.
    lynda said…

    wow, i knew u were gonna hook up with kevin b somehow. how cool, i wonder if he has gone to your blog?
    i’m so glad u came out on top. that’s just amazing.
    love the pictures of simon busy with paolo…how cool
    well i’m off to see the video

  • 9.
    Molly Irwin said…

    ali, I have been a long time Kevin Bacon fan. I’m a bit older than you and can remember his start. It is apparent that he is very cool, you just can’t fake that. Met his wife Kyra in a grocery store in the Bershires about 10 11 years ago and thought, now she’s cool too. This is off track. My point here: so happy for you in this endeavor and I cannot wait to hear the interview.

  • 10.
    Laura Reaux said…

    Ali, I would not be surprised in the least bit if Oprah had a show featuring the whole Six Degrees thing. That would be incredible. Congrats on making #1!

  • 11.
    afranklin16 said…

    How awesome Ali. Really made my day to hear the wonderful news.

  • 12.
    nancy in ks said…

    never had a doubt. you and everything you touch are awesome.

  • 13.
    Melissa said…

    Awesome news! congratulations!!!

  • 14.
    Trish said…

    Wow! You just made my day girlie! Congrats to you and to everyone who participated!

  • 15.
    katie said…

    wow–so cool Ali!! love all the energy your badge created–truly awesome!!

  • 16.
    Jen said…

    That is so fantastic! So fantastic I have tears.
    Can’t wait to hear the conversations he KB had with and the other badge owners. :)
    Fantastic! (my word of late)

  • 17.
    Kimberly White said…

    Woo hoo! What an amazing way to change the world Ali! Thanks for allowing me to be apart of that (I was very excited when they opened it up to Canadian residents as well!). Hope you have a wonderful day! Kim PS. How cool that you got to speak with Kevin Bacon.

  • 18.
    Amy Hummel said…

    Very cool about chatting with Kevin Bacon. You did an amazing job with the contest. I’m glad your charity came out on top. Go team!

  • 19.
    Aimee Houston said…

    I love that you said, “got to chat with Kevin Bacon today…” as if it was the most normal thing in the world! lol!!
    I do think what you are doing on behalf of you son and all children with autism is awesome!

  • 20.
    marlo said…

    Oh…and lucky you for speaking with Kevin Bacon.

  • 21.
    Janine said…

    Wow chatting with Kevin Bacon. We are a little behind TV episodes in NZ but he was on Ellen this week talking about Six degrees. Generous man. So pleased you got to talk to him and so pleased that Autism reached so many people in different ways and came out on top at the end of all of this.

  • 22.
    Kelly said…

    I just sent that link to everyone in my address book. Great job Ali!!

  • 23.
    kath said…

    I have been so emotional lately. That video was beautiful and I had tears streaming down my face the entire time.
    How COOL to talk to Kevin Bacon!
    CONGRATS on coming out on top!!! Awesome!
    See you in a few days…the tags looks GREAT!

  • 24.
    Sally in Mass said…

    Very Cool, Ali!
    and by the way, your friend Poalo seems like a fantastic person!
    Thanks for all you have done to raise awareness!

  • 25.
    noell said…

    Congratulations, Ali. That is really amazing.

  • 26.
    Felicia said…

    How awesome! you came out on top, that just so rocks!
    Very cool that you got to talk to Kevin Bacon too.
    Heading over to check out the video you mentioned right now!

  • 27.
    Julie Clark said…

    WOW, it has truly been a treat watching the numbers rise! How cool that you are the number one badge. What an impact you have made! Congrats.

  • 28.
    Betsy Beers said…

    Ali, congrats on being the top badge! Such a cool contest to win!!! How stinkin’ cool that you were able to talk with Kevin Bacon about this entire journey for you.
    Have a great day…

  • 29.
    Paul-ene said…

    I can’t wait for the 6 degrees interviews…how much fun! TFS everything and keeping all of us updated on the news. Have a great weekend!

  • 30.
    deann said…

    i just finished watching the music video – so wonderful, so powerful – what a gift. ali, you are doing so much good – this world is a better place because of you & thank you for providing us the opportunity and coaching to be better too.

  • 31.
    suetreiber said…

    holy cow, I am two degrees removed from Kevin Bacon. Who woulda thought!
    I love the pix of Paolo with Simon. Those are lots of fun!

  • 32.
    PAM said…

    I’m not sure that I would have had the wherewithall to take a picture of my child while talking on the telephone with Kevin Bacon! Nerves would have had a hold on me! Good for you and how wonderful that he called you personally.
    One last thing…LOVE the nametags! Can’t wait for next week in Detroit.

  • 33.
    shelley said…

    Great work Ali! Thanks for taking that on and representing our kids! :)

  • 34.
    kristina proffitt said…

    Yay, Ali! That is awesome!! Congratulations! Off to view that “Five for Fighting” video! Have a wonderful weekend!! :) Keep up the great work!

  • 35.
    Lyn Meeker said…

    Kevin Bacon? Seriously? … Awesome .. just awesome! … And how cool .. to come out “on-top”

  • 36.
    Melissa S-E said…

    WOW. You’re no longer 6* FROM him… you’re at 1* now!! ;->

  • 37.
    Crystal said…

    Congratulations – you truly inspire people and bring out the best in us, one + one. I’m so glad that this topic, near and dear to you heart, now has support from so many others. The video was cool – made me think of families and kids that I work with at school. I agree – I bet Oprah comes knocking at your door, rreeaalll sooooooon! Love the picture of the blanket train and all those painted nametags!!!!!

  • 38.
    Heather the mooselover said…

    How wonderful that you got to speak to Kevin Bacon and your interview will help raise awareness!

  • 39.
    leanne said…

    oh man!!!!! i am so HAPPY FOR YOU ALI! you do good work.

  • 40.
    Eileen said…

    Congrats on being tops! But you’ve always been tops with us – LOL! Too cool to talk to Kevin!

  • 41.
    Audrey said…

    you’re amazing Ali and it’s awesome how you’ve used your connections for GREAT things. Congrats!

  • 42.
    krisfred said…

    #1!! SO VERY COOL! “Uncle” Paolo…we *heart* you too!! CONGRATULATIONS ALI!

  • 43.
    KA said…

    And also, you can now officially never be beat at the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game.

  • 44.
    Christine Villacarlos said…

    Congrats, Ali!!! You’re awesome!

  • 45.
    Brianna said…

    Thank you for sharing this. I’ve passed it on and will also be posting it on my blog.

  • 46.
    Stephanie Homburg said…

    Well I thought I was having a pretty good Friday— but not as good as talking with Kevin Bacon!
    So excited for you! And bumming even more that I don’t get to hang out at CKU next weekend now that I’ve seen those fantastic name tags. Maybe next year?

  • 47.
    Susan Hessler said…

    What a great/sad video – it made me cry. I hope it reaches lots of people. It’s awesome to have support from groups like Five for Fighting and people like Kevin Bacon. Yes, I’d love a world where “Autism” is just a word in the history books.
    Thanks for using your celebrity to connect people, Ali.

  • 48.
    Amy said…

    I don’t think I could have even said HI! to Kevin Bacon, LOL! I am so happy for you and all your success with the fundraising!

  • 49.
    Raquel said…

    Great but sad video. Congrats on the 6 degrees contest. It is amazing what can happen when people from all over come together for a single cause.

  • 50.
    Mary said…

    so cool that you spoke with Kevin! wow!
    see you in a few days – can’t wait!!

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