The struggles are real
July 27, 2017
BENEFITING: ORGANIZATION FOR AUTISM RESEARCH
ORGANIZER: ORGANIZATION FOR AUTISM RESEARCH
Today, April 2nd, is the ninth annual World Autism Awareness Day, the day I have chosen to begin my fundraising campaign for the 2017 NYC Marathon, my 6th marathon. What I have learned over time is that the journey to the finish line is much more rewarding when I run the race for a cause I believe in; it makes every step of my training and the event itself much more meaningful.
For this marathon, I am honored to once again run for Organization for Autism Research (https://researchautism.org). There are many organizations dedicated to autism research (cause/cure), but the reason I chose OAR is because I feel it sets itself apart here. Its research is dedicated to help individuals with autism and their families overcome the challenges they face in their day to day lives such as education, communication, social skills and employment just to name a few. Quality of life is a top priority.
Individuals with autism (and their families) are constantly learning to adapt to new circumstances and issues and are working to overcome them on a daily basis, it never stops. This has been the case for my son personally since he was diagnosed at the age of 4. Through much training, therapy, and being an advocate for him, he has been able to be successful in his schooling (though not without hiccups), and is currently looking forward to getting a job when he turns 15 later this year. He has come a long way, but it hasn’t been easy.
I am asking if you will consider being a part of my team by helping me raise $3,000.00 (or more) to help fund autism research and make programs available nationwide, as many areas are still lagging behind. 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 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.
100% of your donation goes directly to Organization for Autism Research. No dollars are used to pay for my entry into the marathon; I cover that expense on my own. If you are willing to donate, any amount would be greatly appreciated. If you would like to donate, you may click on this link and it will take you to my fundraising page: https://www.crowdrise.com/organizationforautismresearchnyc2017/fundraiser/christophermorgan5
I will be honest, I hate asking for money or anything for that matter. However, what I do not raise I am liable for and will have to pay for myself (and it’s not currently in the budget). So if you want to give me an early birthday present (April 29) or an early retirement gift, please consider a donation to Organization for Autism Research instead.
It has been a long, hard journey for our family. We have gone without, sold vehicles, missed (lots) of days of work to make therapy sessions work for our son. But we are seeing our hard work finally pay off and that in itself is the most you can ask for as a parent.
Thank you in advance.