BENEFITING: ORGANIZATION FOR AUTISM RESEARCH
EVENT DATE: Oct 08, 2017
As some of you may or may not know, a few years back I had a minor lapse in judgment and decided I wanted to run a marathon. How I went from only running while chasing bad guys to deciding to run 26.2 miles is still a mystery but I ended up hooked and haven’t looked back since. Along the way I have created a “bucket list” of sorts containing a few races I would like to finish before I come back to my senses.
On October 8, 2017, I plan to make my list a little shorter when I run the Chicago Marathon. This race will be slightly different for me as I am not running it alone; I will be running for autism research with the Organization for Autism Research (OAR) team! In addition to running the marathon, I am trying to raise $2,000.00 to fund research for those with autism and am contacting you to ask for help in reaching my goal.
When I signed up to run with OAR, I learned that autism is prevalent in as many as 1 in 68 births in the United States and 1 in 4 people know someone with autism. Autism is a lifelong challenge for the individuals diagnosed, and a life-changing challenge for their family. While there is no known cause and a cure is not yet on the horizon, research provides hope and the promise of a better quality of life for those affected by autism.
I happen to be 1 of the 4 people who know someone with autism. When I decided to start running, I joined a group of runners who ran on weekends or the occasional week day and 9 years later I am still running with them. “Gramps”, as I now call him, had been a long running member of the group and as I would come to find out, a great person. After his second child was diagnosed with autism, he and his family joined the estimated 6 to 10 million immediate family members of people with autism. “Gramps” has been a very influential part of my running and was an integral piece of the puzzle that helped me reach my goal of qualifying for the 2016 Boston Marathon. I am running in Chicago and along the way am hoping to raise money for a cause that is near and dear to my good friend and his family.
Please help me reach my goal by contributing to my fundraising page; every donation can make a difference.
THE IMPACT YOU HELP OAR MAKE:
- $10 provides a Curriculum in a Box professional development set to general education teachers.
- $25 provides 15 copies of A Guide to Safety to families and first responders.
- $100 provides the Kit for Kids peer education resource to an entire elementary or middle school.
- $150 provides 100 copies of a Life Journey through Autism guidebook sent to a community support group or military installation.
- $1,000 provides a research grant for a graduate student studying autism.
- $3,000 provides a scholarship for a student with autism to attend college.
- $30,000 fully underwrites an applied research pilot study.