Actor Mark Christopher Lawrence Will Shave Autism Mom’s Head to Promote Compassion in Action During Autism Awareness Month

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Actor Mark Christopher Lawrence, best known for his roles in “Glee” and “Chuck” will shave Shannon Penrod’s head on Monday, April 8, 2013 to promote compassion in action, during National Autism Awareness Month.

Shannon Shaves Head on April 8, 2013

Actor Mark Christopher Lawrence (“GLEE," "Chuck," "Terminator: 3”) will shave Autism Live host Shannon Penrod’s head on this Monday, April 8, 2013, at 10:00 am to show Compassion in Action during National Autism Awareness Month. The Autism Live web-show host is a parent of a child with autism and hopes to baldly go to the limit in order to ignite everyone to step outside of their comfort zone and do something for others in an act of compassion. The shaving will take place at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders' headquarters located at 19019 Ventura Blvd, in Tarzana, CA. The head shaving will be broadcast live on

“I’ve never done anything like this before,” says Shannon. “Yes, it’s daring. But it’s the least I can do during Autism Awareness Month to encourage others to do what they can to help someone in need.”

“This mother is courageous,” says Lawrence. “It’s not about her. She’s showing that it’s about everyone and trying to make a difference.”

Shannon’s nine-year-old son, Jem, was diagnosed with autism at the age of two after losing approximately 90 percent of his language and social skills. He is currently receiving intensive applied behavior analysis (ABA) treatment, considered by researchers to be the most effective treatment of autism.

“I often marvel at the sometimes complete lack of compassion for what my son has gone through and what so many other families dealing with autism are going through. These moments leave me feeling powerless, and I’ve decided to do something about it.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in every 88 children in America is diagnosed with autism. Autism is more prevalent than juvenile diabetes, pediatric cancer, and childhood AIDS combined.

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