Hey everyone! I officially committed to run the United NYC Half Marathon with Organization for Autism Research (OAR)
This will be my third race - my first half was in Denali National Park where I unintentionally added 2 miles after losing sight of the markers and getting lost in the woods. It was stressful. Especially that the week prior, I had a face off with mama moose in the same exact location.
This time I am excited to follow all markers, and support an amazing cause. I will be Running for Autism.
I am running to help OAR raise funds for autism research. Autism is a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them. No one is sure of what causes autism yet. OAR is committed to funding studies and research to understand the disorder, fund grants, educate individuals & communities as well as help adults with autism find meaningful employment.
- Autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys
- Autism is one of the fastest-growing developmental disorders in the U.S.
- Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average
- There is no medical detection or cure for autism
- Autism greatly varies from person to person (no two people with autism are alike)
- Autism is the fastest growing developmental disorder, yet most underfunded
- Children with autism do progress – early intervention is key
I hope that you will follow me on this endeavor as I will be training to finish the 13.1 mile journey (without adding any miles this time...) Follow me on instagram for updates on my training! @otylianet
Please donate. By donating you will be helping enhance the quality of life for individuals with autism.
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