EVENT DATE: Sep 10, 2017
If you know me, then you know my children are the most important people in my life. My son Charlie is not only our youngest, but my hero.
In 2015, Charlie was diagnosed with Autism he was two and a half years old.
At the time all he was capable of doing was shaking his hands, screaming and counting over and over again. After his diagnosis Charlie started working with the teachers, therapists and counselors of Northern Suburban Special Education District.
Within a week, he looked at me in the eyes and for the first time said “that’s my daddy.” A moment I will never forget. Charlie works harder than anyone I have ever met, at times it can be hard and frustrating, but he never gives up. He is fueled by the incredible staff of NSSED.
The staff at NSSED not only work with Charlie but work with over 40,000 boys and girls with special needs in the Chicago suburbs, giving hope to children and families they work with.
Today Charlie is a vibrant, blossoming little boy who continues to make great strides in his development. I am running the Ironman Triathlon to show Charlie "if you believe in yourself you can do anything in life," but also to raise money to help support the staff and programs of NSSED.
The staff of NSSED helped to “give us our little boy back” and for that we are eternally grateful.
I hope you will join us and donate to the NSSED Foundation. The Foundation was established to advocate for new programs and services that are beyond the scope and budget of the public schools. Promoting awareness and acceptance of people with special needs is a key tenet of our mission to ensure that every person with a disability has an equal opportunity to live a happy, meaningful life.
My journey is only 140.6 miles long for Charlie and the many kids like him, it's a life time journey. Luckily the NSSED is there to travel along with him.
I hope you will join our journey and donate.