I recently ran a half marathon. My race bib displayed the phrase that I often use as a hashtag when I run. It said "run4purpose". Whenever my feet hit the pavement, it's for a reason greater than getting in shape.
October 2018 I will be running my 3rd marathon. This 3rd marathon will be just like my first marathon, for a purpose. That purpose...to raise money to help research autism. 1 in 68 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with autism. My son Zion is one of those 68 children that has been diagnosed with autism.
October 7, 2018 I will run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon as a charity runner for the Organization for Autism Research (OAR). I will do what I love to do for a purpose and cause that I am passionate about.
My goal is to raise $1,000 for autism research. All money that is raised goes directly to OAR, a national non-profit organization. The funds raised go towards research, scholarships and resources to support advocates, parents, siblings teachers, military families and more.
I am asking for your support in reaching my fundraising goal. Every donation, no matter how small, makes a difference.
To find out more about Organization for Autism Research, please visit the website www.researchautsim.org . I thank you for your kindness, generosity and for sponsering me in my RUN FOR AUTISM!
WHY RUN FOR AUTISM?
1 in 68 children in the United States are diagnosed with autism. By joining the team, you're supporting OAR's mission to fund research and resources that help people with autism and their families today.
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.