Matt Dearth via Crowdrise
November 01, 2010
BENEFITING: AUTISM SPEAKS
EVENT DATE: Oct 31, 2010
Many of you have helped me raise funds over the years for two of my preferred charities – St. Baldrick’s, supporting research into children’s cancers; and Worldfund, transforming lives in Latin America through education. These continue to be some of the most important philanthropies my family supports. For this marathon, however, I am moving even closer to home and supporting a wonderful charity called Autism Speaks.
My nephew is autistic, and our family has seen firsthand what a challenge this condition can be. What really gets me, though, is how autism seemingly has come out of NOWHERE to impact the lives of so many. Did you know many (any?) families with autistic kids growing up? I certainly didn’t – not one, in fact – and while I understand the improvements in diagnosis and all that, I can’t help believe that something has changed in the course of a generation. Something that we ought to be able to track down and eventually correct. And this is where Autism Speaks comes in.
Autism Speaks (www.autismspeaks.org) is the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. My nephew’s parents have done a lot of research on organizations working on autism and Autism Speaks is their preferred charity, so in honor of my nephew, Luis, it is mine as well.
So please join my Crowdrise team and support my marathon run for autism research. I know this is a busy time for fundraising, so I have set a relatively modest goal of $2500, but it all helps. Anything you can contribute makes a difference, and I will certainly appreciate the gesture of support for this ridiculously long run.