Sept. 2, 2012
-- When FiftyNineBeads.com was approached in September, 2009 by one of their customers to design an Autism Awareness Rosary Bracelet to help raise funds for Autism Speaks, co-owners Michelle McKenzie and Mary Stucko were thrilled. The goal of Autism Speaks is to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders. "We both have friends and acquaintances who have children with autism and so we knew firsthand that both the children and parents struggle in ways that not every family does." said Stucko.
They also knew that many of them frequently turned to prayer for help. Designers McKenzie and Stucko immediately went to work to create a rosary bracelet that would make people become more aware of the autism spectrum disorders -- and give the families of those who have a child with autism a prayer outlet. The rosary bracelet is the first of its kind and is available at http://www.fiftyninebeads.com
Made with Czech glass Hail Mary beads and faceted Czech crystals, the rosary bracelet features a self-capped Our Father bead right in the middle of the colors which symbolize autism -- just as our Father is there whenever we are struggling with something in our lives. The bracelet has a sterling silver cross and clasp. A portion of all proceeds goes to Autism Speaks.
FiftyNineBeads.com creates artisan rosaries, chaplets and jewelry. Each unique item is a handcrafted heirloom. The rosaries and jewelry make great gifts for Christmas, First Communion, Mother's Day and Easter.