We did it!
June 04, 2017
BENEFITING: ORGANIZATION FOR AUTISM RESEARCH
ORGANIZER: ORGANIZATION FOR AUTISM RESEARCH
EVENT: Dr: Virginia 2017
EVENT DATE: Jun 03, 2017
We like the Organization for Autism Research (OAR) because they apply research to those living with autism NOW. They also spread awareness which is so important - especially for our neuro-typical children as the number of people around them that suffer from autism is increasing at a rapid rate. We are not just running for Teddy, but for all of our friends that suffer from this elusive disorder, those that teach and care for them, their families, and all those that will be responsible for them as they age (that pretty much covers everybody that pays taxes). If you would like to send us a picture or video of your loved one with autism, we will include it here! As we add stories, please feel free to read through them or scroll to the bottom to see the runners and what your donation can do.
Teddy suffers from autism. He does not speak or understand languague like most people do and he will never be able to live independently. He can't tell us when he is feeling bad, what he did at school, or if anybody has hurt him. His brother, while younger, has learned how to take care of him in many ways and is very protective. When he was about 6 years old, he told us he was going to invent the "autisticinator" which would translate Teddy's babble to meaningful language.
While the facts can sometimes be depressing, the bigger picture is a happy one filled with incredible people that have shown us the better side of the human spirit. We have been blessed to find a wonderful school, community, and incredible people to help us teach and take care of Teddy over the years. Teddy has made our family better and stronger. He brings out the best in everyone and he regularly shows us what unconditional love looks like.
It's been quite awhile since Andy or I ran a race in support of OAR - we are getting old and tired! But we are trying to get back in shape. We have created a team for the race. As runners join the team, I will add their names here. If you are interested in running, message me!
THE TEAM (so far):
Andy Off: Teddy's dad can occasionally be heard giving updates on WTOP about the current state of D.C. Metro work. He has yet to start training...
Kathy Off: When Teddy's mom is not taking care of him, she is working for the Society of American Military Engineers and nagging Andy to start running.
Kristin Off Perry: Teddy's aunt has two small children of her own, a full-time job selling/managing commercial real-estate, and yet she still finds time to run and support her nephew.
Nicole Mathews: Not only is Nicole a co-worker and friend of Kathy's, she is also a graduate of Henderson High School in West Chester, PA (Andy and Kristin graduated from Henderson as well).
Kaitlyn Suplee: Nicole convinced her friend, Kaitlyn, to run in support of this cause and we are so happy to have her on the team! She is also a graduate of Henderson High School in West Chester, PA. Rest assured, this is not a requirement to be on the team!
Pictures include Teddy Off, Avery Rankin, Henry Wellman.
WHY RUN FOR AUTISM?
1 in 68 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with autism. By joining the RUN FOR AUTISM team, you're supporting OAR's mission to fund research and resources that help people with autism and their families today.
Here are some of the ways that OAR uses the funds raised by the RUN FOR AUTISM team:
$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 studentstudying autism.
$3,000 provides a scholarship for a student with autism to attend college.
$30,000 fully underwrites an applied research pilot study.