Hey guys! Thank you for visiting my fundraising page. You know by now that I am running the 2017 Chicago Marathon. I am raising money for the Organization for Autism Research. I've promised to raise a $1,000 for them.
My son, Steven, is on the autism spectrum. Stacy felt Steven wasn't keeping up with his peers in playgroup. His speech was delayed and he didn't seem to understand games and play interactions like the other kids. With some encouragement (none from me) she spoke to a speech pathologist. The speech pathologist recommended him being tested for autism. He was diagnosed by a neurodevelopment pediatrician.
I said Stacy didn't receive encouragement from me, because like a lot of parents I was scared. That fear came from not understanding. I had been peripherally aware of autism, but I didn't know anything more than it existed. After Steven's diagnosis, I started to learn. One of the first things I learned is that we don't know enough.
The doctor that diagnosed Steven was the only doctor of his kind for 100's of miles. That's Alaska for you! Recently he retired. He had been waiting for years on a replacement, but one never came.
I hope that organizations like OAR can help provide support to people who can help us learn more about autism.
Thank you again for your interest and I hope you will give to this worthy charity.
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