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Amanda's Journey continues

If I was put on one, please let me be on one only if they say I'll get better. If they say I won't get better then please let me have the pleasure of finally getting to know God.

I know that it would be very hard for all of you but I did my job here on earth and it's time for me to leave.

" Amanda B+

The maturity that came across in her writing surprised both DuJack and Amanda's family. Her writing skills also impressed Jackie since Amanda was diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder, which is on the spectrum of autism, and then Asperger's as she got older.

"In some ways she was very much a kid," DuJack said. "Going through everything she went through matured her."

The upcoming walk for Amanda's Journey will further the mission Amanda set out to accomplish by raising awareness and educating people about the disease. This year attendees will be able to win dinner certificates and other giveaways. With a $50 donation, participants will get a T-shirt with a quote from the book and a singing performance by Amanda's sister Carolyn, who Amanda always wished had tried out for the show "American Idol."

The book is available through Amazon.com and Amanda'sjourney.org for $25. Part of the proceeds go to the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation.

The walk will take place 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 18 at The Crossings in Colonie with live entertainment and guest speakers. For information call 279-4327. A portion of the money raised will go to the UMDF, the third annual Mitochondrial Awareness Day, Thomas Patrick Morrison Foundation and Amanda's Journey Foundation.

Amanda and her mother had a special saying: "I love you to the moon and back and more than life."

The night Amanda died, Jackie said she walked over to the window where she saw a light coming through.

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