Sunday, June 22, 2008

For the Love of Evan

Many of you probably already read the blogs of my sweet friends, Megan, Lauren, and Meagan. I wanted to post an e-mail I recently received from Megan. I just could NOT let this wonderful opportunity pass that could help so many children one day not have to live with autism.

You may have already received this e-mail directly from Megan or an e-mail from me that I forwarded. However, I wanted to post this because I do not have everyone's e-mail address, and what these girls are doing is AMAZING! This is what Megan wrote:

Good Morning Blogging Beauties! I hope this e-mail finds you all doing well ;)!

Many of you read Leigh Ann Horton's Blog that is sweetly titled Horton Happenings! I know. like me that you have come to love and adore Leigh Ann and her family! I also know that many of you have a family of your own, have a deep love for children, and are givers by nature.

When I read Leigh Ann's post about Evan and his daily struggle with Autism, my heart stopped! It took a great deal of courage for Leigh Ann to share her story!!!

My "GALZ" (Lauren and Meagan) and I were truly touched by her story!!! We went to our normal Junior League Meeting in April and the guest speaker was a lady who spoke to us about Autism. We signed up to help with the Tennessee Walk that will be on September 13th, but we wanted to do more!!!!

So, we have started a team affectionately titled FOR THE LOVE OF EVAN! We know that none of you will be able to join us at the TN Walk on September 13th, but we hope that you might still consider giving...

Please visit

* Go to Search for a Team

* Scroll down to For the Love of Evan

* If you would like to make a small donation on-line, please do

I am also asking that you pass this e-mail onto any of your friends and/or family who might give =)!

Much Love & Many Thanks,

Megan, Meagan, & Lauren


If you are new to my blog, I shared my little boy's story of his autism back in April for Autism Awareness Month (if you would like to read it, you can go here). The encouragement I received from friends stopping by my blog and reading his story was amazing! I was touched that so many showed their love toward Evan and our family as well as were eager to pray for us and other families dealing with autism every day.

My heart has been especially touched by Megan, Lauren, and Meagan. If you don't know them (I wish you did), I met them through blogging. They live in Tennessee. I have never "met" them in person. I just know we have connected through the heart and I now consider them my friends. These angels on earth have surprised us by participating in September in the Tennessee sponsored Autism Walk in honor of our Evan. They have even set up a team for him named "For the Love of Evan." Saying that we have been touched is an understatement. These three ladies have shown so much love to me and my family, a true example of Christ's love.

With this event comes the opportunity to donate to help with autism research. If you feel lead to do so, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You can click on the picture of Meagan, Megan and Lauren in the top right hand corner of my blog and it will take you to Evan's page. Our hope is that one day there will be a cure for and measures to prevent autism. Please know that every dollar you give will make a difference in Evan's life and those that come after him.

There has already been money raised for Evan's team. If you have given, I am truly grateful. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I have already been telling Evan how much he is loved by friends and family as I saw donations coming in. After I got Megan's e-mail, I got right down in his precious little face, with tears in my eyes, and said, "Evan you are loved all the way to Tennessee!" :)

To my sweet, sweet friends in Tennessee, on behalf of my family, I thank you for the love you have shown our family. This is amazing what you have taken upon yourselves to do, and we are truly grateful. I will be coming to TN to hug you all in person soon!!! I already have it planned. :)

Hugs and love to you all,
Leigh Ann


LOVE YOU A GOOGLE... said...

That is such an awesome thing! We should go walk with them! I would love to join the walk and support Evan and so many others. They are truly wonderful "girls"! You are an inspiration to us all, Leigh Ann!

Betsy said...

Leigh Ann-
I had never read Evan's story before. I am so glad you put the link on today's post!! I think I told you that I had a little boy with autism in my class last year. From what you are describing with Evan, this child was much more severely autistic. But it is something that is close to my heart since I work with so many children. I will definitely be donating to the walk and I think Megan and her two best friends are just wonderful, sweet girls!! And you are an amazing mom for being so diligent and loving and hopeful for the future. Evan is blessed to have you!! Have a great day! :)

Megan L Hutchings said...

You have brought tears to my eyes this morning LAH!!!

The three amigas do love Evan with all of our hearts! This is just one, small thing we can do to try to make a difference!

Meag said...

Oh Leigh Ann - we do love you so, and Evan, and EG, and Derek! I can't wait to hug you in person! I am glad to be a small part of a huge thing that will hopefully one day help us understand Autism more and teach us how to better treat or even cure!

Heather said...

Leigh Ann- I just love you and your precious family! I'm off to read Evan's story right now...and then I will go to the walk website.
Thanks for being such a godly woman and mother, and for being my bloggy friend!

Lindsey said...

YAY for sweet friends!! YAY for Evan!!! I think this is such a sweet idea!!!

Lauren said...

So many tears. So many. You are so welcome. We love you!!

Melissa said...

Hey Leigh Ann! I am sure that I did not know about Evan's autism! Just that he has always been beautiful in pictures and seems precious! Thank you so much for the encouragement and I would LOVE to compare notes about a special needs ministry! It's such a blessing! I just can NOT tell you what awesome things the Lord is doing and WILL do through your ministry there! It's really wonderful and God will bless your efforts!
PLEASE stay in touch! My new blog will be just for special needs so check it out too!
Bless you mom! I fully believe that God knows who can deal with the differences in our children and who can (somehow!) handle the hard days! Hang in there and hang on to Jesus!

Melissa said...

Liegh Ann, I cam across your post through Laura via my sister in law Ashley at Apple cheeks blog. My two children both have Aspergers, which as you know is on the spectrum. I grew up in MS but spent the last year in TN. We go to TN once a month for all our Doctors and I have lots of resources there. I am also a member of an online list serve ASD-MS. It also has people on it from TN. I have a blog as well and use it to keep family up to date on the kids, but also post for puzzles once a month. As a mom with kids on the spectrum I know what you are going through. Would love to chat or support you in any way I can. God Bless, Melissa