It has been two years ago that our son Anderson was diagnosed with autism. While it wasn't easy to hear at the time, Anderson has made substantial progress over the past two years. He is a happy, healthy 6 year old who loves to read, play outside with his sister Peyton, and probably his favorite thing, look at maps. Socializing may not come as easy to him as it does to other kids his age, but this hasn't stopped him from making many friends in school. At one point he taught his entire kindergarten class how to use Google Maps.
This October I'll be running the Chicago Marathon in order to help raise money for the Organization for Autism Research. Autism is not a disease but a different way of looking at the world. OAR helps fund research that can give us a better understand of how kids like Anderson view things. This knowledge helps parents, teachers, therapists and doctors work these kids to help them succeed in life. As Anderson prepares to start first grade this fall we could not be prouder of him for all of the hard work he has done and the progress he has made, and we are thankful for organizations such as OAR who are dedicated to helping children such as Anderson.