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Beading To Beat Autism

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By The Staff

At age 11 Michala Riggle started a phenomenon. After she saw how an experimental treatment helped her brother Evan’s autism symptoms, she wanted to help other children by funding research at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville.

Michala’s initial donation, earned by beading and selling bracelets, was multiplied again and again by volunteers energized by her hard work and dedication. Through sales and private donations, Michala has raised nearly $250,000 to date for autism research study to be conducted at Kosair Children’s Hospital by physicians from the U of L School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics. People nationwide have heard about Michala Riggle’s dedication and success through her appearances on “Good Morning America” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”.

Hardin County 4-H will be helping Michala realize her dream by helping her make the bracelets with a beading party at 6 p.m., July 15 at the Hardin County Extension Office.

For more information contact Marla Stillwell at the Hardin County Extension Office 765-4121.