BENEFITING: Friendship Circle Inc
EVENT DATE: Nov 06, 2011
I decided to join the Friendship Circle Team in the 2011 ING New York Marathon. I am truly excited to be a part of Team Friendship and I cannot think of a better way to raise awareness and benefit The Friendship Circle.
Today, at least 1 in 12 children has some form of special needs. It may be cerebral palsy or autism. It may be learning disabilities or ADHD.
The common thread between most disabilities is the fact that they make children seem different to their peers. It may be a wheelchair, the inability for a child to verbalize his thoughts, or simply struggling to read or write that can cause a chasm between a child and the rest of the children at school, at summer camp or at the local youth group.
Even more painful than the stares, the impatience and the difficulties in communicating is the phone that doesn’t ring, the empty afternoons longing for companionship, a playmate or just someone to talk to.
Team Friendship is running to raise awareness and money for Friendship Circle, which is an international organization that pairs teenager volunteers and children with special needs to help the children cultivate friendships.
Our vision is to bridge the gap between families of children with special needs and the rest of the community while providing today’s teens with a productive and enjoyable focus.
This in turn causes the teens to lead their community in advocating for people with special needs.
Let me describe to you what I saw at a local Friendship Circle event:
- Imagine a place where everyone feels welcome and every child has a smile on his or her face.
- Imagine a place where someone thinks of how to be 100% inclusive
- Imagine a place where high school teens lovingly volunteer their time to help children with special needs
- Imagine a place where no child feels overwhelmed.
- Imagine a place where everyone is treated equally regardless of any limitations
This is the beautiful reality created by The Friendship Circle.
Please support my run in NYC and the wonderful organization that helps so many children around the world.