So in 2016 I gracefully crossed the finish line of the Chicago Marathon, arms wide, like thank you Jesus for allowing me to finish. I swore that this 4th marathon finish would be my final, yet here I am going for number 5.
Why would I willingly torture myself? To prove to myself that I can~its just that simple. Why do I run with OAR? That is simple too...I do it for my favorite little (now big) creep Josh who likes to steal all my sports hats, who is the biggest Cubs fan even though his even bigger creep of a father (also my fave) is a misguided South Side fan. He also loves the Blackhawks as much as I do! Then there is Niko, who is the coolest, funniest and most amazing kid, with equally amazing parents. There are also the students I teach, who have taught me the true meaning of patience and tolerance. Autism is part of my everyday life and it would be irresponsible of me to not do whatever possible to bring awareness to others.
26 miles may seem like the hard part, however its raising $1500 to support Autism Research that is actually the most difficult. So please, if I can get you to donate any amount( no amount is too small) to this cause, I promise I will finsih. If you can't donate, then please share this link with everyone you know. Everyone's lives have somehow been touched by autism and the money raised goes directly towards much needed research!
Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!
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.