When I met the multitalented Anna Kendrick in New York at one of her book signings, I told her about my journey growing up on the autism spectrum. After I shared about her incredible response when I told her I have autism, the story went viral in our community, being shared by sites like The Huffington Post and The Mighty. I never thought the story would go to as many people as it did!
Then our story reached someone I didn’t expect…
Via a summary of our story that was picked up by APlus.com, Ashton Kutcher shared my story of meeting Anna Kendrick to his over 17 million Facebook followers. I was at a loss for words. I’ve been a fan of Ashton’s ever since he was on “That ’70s Show.” I’d watch it on a weekly basis, and I still watch reruns.
Even after being a fan, I thought of what an amazing individual he is for the philanthropy work he does. Now he was sharing my story. What an incredible feeling it was. His description I think hit me the most. This is what he said about Anna’s response to me:
“Proof that even the smallest gestures can have a big impact.”
That’s exactly my reaction from the kindness Anna showed me that day in New York City. We need to remind ourselves that even the smallest gestures we do can truly make a difference.
And to Ashton Kutcher, who shared this story on his Facebook page, I’d just like to say thank you. You used your platform to get our story out there to the world, and for that I will always be grateful. As I wrote when you posted on Facebook, if I can ever help you in the future to help focus on the inclusion and acceptance of those throughout the world, just let me know. As I travel the country as a motivational speaker, I hope our paths may be able to cross one day. And if you are ever looking for another philanthropic cause to follow, I’ll be happy to help you learn more about this community and the causes I’ve been blessed to get to know.
You now have a friend in me for a lifetime, sir.