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Sole Mates

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BENEFITING: AUTISM TRUST USA

EVENT DATE: Dec 14, 2014

Rebecca Durham

THE STORY:

Statistics.  Most people loathe them. I'm one of those people.   The stat I loathe the most:  1 in 68.  That's the number of individuals currently living with autism.  A stat that continues to rise exponentially with every new study released by the medical community.

Terrifying.  Mind boggling.  Unfathomable.  Those are the words that come to my mind when I read it.  1 in 68.  Say it out loud and it becomes even more disturbing.  And I'm pretty sure you know someone with autism.  With numbers like that, how can you not?

This patient population, their families and the communities in which they live are the least supported in regards to resources.  There is one organization, The Autism Trust USA, trying to change that scenario.  Not just "raise awareness" because I'm pretty sure we all know what autism is at this point.  But rather provide what this patient population needs:  A Chance!  A chance to receive much needed resources so these individuals have the opportunity to live a fulfilling life.  A chance for their family members to receive the support and educational resources they need as well. A chance for the community at large to witness firsthand the vast capabilities of all individuals with autism.

And so I'm going to make my own statistic:  2 in 13.1.  Two is the number of individuals I personally know with autism.  Their names:  Ian Reed and Billy Tommey, and I consider them family.  So I'm going to run 13.1 miles in support of them, the journey they have faced so far, and the life they deserve.  The BCS Half Marathon is 12/14/14 in Austin, Texas. I am registered. No turning back now...

Will it be hard?  Yes.

Will it take sacrifices on my part? Absolutely.

Will it be anything like what Ian and Billy have faced, and will continue to face for the rest of their lives?  No.

Will it make a difference?  Yes!!

I hope you will join my team, The Sole Mates, in whatever way you can.  Run the half marathon with me. Or help me raise money for this much needed facility, which you can learn more about at www.theautismtrust.org.  Donate a dollar for every year you've known me.  Give up your daily Starbucks for a week.  Or a month.  Donate $13 for the miles I'm going to complete.  Whatever the amount, every penny helps!

I'll post a video every couple of weeks to let you know how my training is going. And to let you meet the amazing young men who introduced me to autism. Ian and Billy have touched my soul in a way that cannot be described, and I'm a better person for knowing them.  They deserve a chance.  Every single person with autism does.  Let's make it happen.

Thank you!

 

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$845

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  • Staci Cross

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  • Lauren and Tim

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  • Bob & Jillian Mack

    $100

  • Uncle Sam

    $150

  • Catherine Pedota

    $50

  • Phil Pifer and Misty Perry-Pifer

    $50

  • Nicole Fikes

    $50

  • Pam Miller

    $100

  • Eric Baughman

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Anonymous

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  • Donna Jackson

    $25

  • Sadie Jackson

    $25

  • Sweeny

    $100

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Rebecca Durham

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Donor Comments

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

Good luck... Have the Jose chillin for you after!!! 4 years ago

Sweeny

Sweeny

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Sadie Jackson

Sadie Jackson

DONATION: $25

I give you 2 tail wags for good luck! 4 years ago

Donna Jackson

Donna Jackson

DONATION: $25

I know you will do awesome! I will be there in sprit cheering you on! 4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $20

I wish I had lots more $$ to give, but I hope this helps some. Best of luck friend. 4 years ago

Eric Baughman

Eric Baughman

DONATION: $25

You've got a great heart Rebecca! 4 years ago

Pam Miller

Pam Miller

DONATION: $100

GO FOR IT Rebecca! 4 years ago

Nicole Fikes

Nicole Fikes

DONATION: $50

Great cause and you will love (and sorta hate but mostly love!) running a 1/2 marathon. Pretty soon, you'll being running full marathon's!! I said I never would....and with 2 full's under my belt, I am deciding when and where my 3rd will be next year :). Good luck Rebecca!! Hugs and Smiles xoxoxo Nicole 4 years ago

Phil Pifer and Misty Perry-Pifer

Phil Pifer and Misty Perry-Pifer

DONATION: $50

Good Luck my Dear. Kepp up the fight. 4 years ago