1 in 68 kids are diagnosed with ASD. Our son Anderson was 1 in 68.
Anderson was diagnosed with autism 2 years ago. Prior to his diagnosis we always knew in our hearts he was special. When he was diagnosed it was just a word to us, we knew it would not define him as a person.
Fast forward 2 years. Anderson is thriving and amazes us more and more each day. Weekly he regularly attends 5 hours of ABA therapy a week, OT, Speech and swimming lessons, plus school. He is extremely intelligent. Not too many 6 year olds know all 50 states and state capitals, and of course Presidents of the US. He is a wiz kid at Google earth and can find anything you ask. He is kind and gentle and a social butterfly. He loves being around his friends.
All of Anderson's success did not necessarily come easy to him. We work really hard making sure he has all the necessary resources to thrive. The Organization of Autism research has been an extremely important online resource that we have used as a guide for Anderson.
Living with Autism is not always easy for individuals and I know Anderson often struggles with day to day tasks. So I decided this year I am going to challenge myself to struggle to do something out of my comfort zone. I will be running the Chicago Marathon in October for Anderson and OAR. It is crazy idea I had but everyday I watch Anderson try and figure out the world around him and I want to do this for him because I know it's not easy for him and it will not be easy for me either.
I hope you can find it in your heart to give to a worthy cause for an incredible organization and an incredible kid.
Thank you for taking the time to read Anderson's story, and please if you see me running cheer me on, pass me some water or maybe talk some sense in me.