BENEFITING: AUTISM TRUST USA
EVENT DATE: Dec 14, 2014
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.