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A Zero of a Different Kind

02/07/2013 02:25 pm ET | Updated Apr 06, 2013

There's a little over a month left in the Kickstarter campaign, and the excitement is growing about The Adventures of Zelza Zero & Friends becoming an animated television show.

The upcoming show is designed to teach children about numbers, along with self-esteem, compassion, acceptance and self-love. Each character is a number and the adventures of Zelza Zero and her friends serve to help them discover their uniqueness and the value they bring to others. These stories entertain and teach children about life experiences while also teaching simple arithmetic.

I'm personally excited about Zelza Zero for several reasons, but I'm particularly supportive of the mission of the brand's creators. At the heart of Zelza Zero is an intention to fund a year-round program that will meet the needs of children and families with special needs.

The earlier therapy begins for children with special needs, the better their chances of eclipsing some of their mental, emotional and physical delays. I am the mother of a child with Down syndrome, and because there was no place where my son could receive daycare and his therapies, I made the choice to become a stay-at-home mom. This wasn't an easy decision -- I had to choose between my salary and my son's development. What this meant for my family's financial outlook was devastating, and I know firsthand how a foundation that provides such services in one facility would change the lives of millions of families caring for children with special needs. My heart skips a beat when I consider the possibilities.

If you want to be a part of an effort to radically change some lives, please visit the Kickstarter campaign to learn more about The Adventures of Zelza Zero & Friends.