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Michele Stasiak's Fundraiser:

Tough Mudder Philly - OAR

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THE STORY:

One child in 68 is likely to have autism.  Currently, the cause is unknown.  Research has given us an understanding of autism that has come such a long way since researchers in the United States started using the term in the 1940's to explain the behavior of withdrawn children. 

My husband was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, as an adult, after a lifetime of IEP's, being considered "weird" because he is socially awkard, and being labelled as intelligent but lacking motivation to succeed.  He went through great lengths to find out what was "wrong" with him.  It took many trips to doctors, mental health providers, and life coaches to finally have a psychiatrist diagnose him.  

My younger daughter was diagnosed at age 4 by Developmental Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital.  We are so lucky that she received therapy and medical attention from the age of 2, when we knew definitely something was "wrong" with her.  We are so blessed to have some of the best doctors in the country within less than an hour drive.

In March 2016, at well over 300 lbs, I decided to take control of my health.  I joined Crossfit Amesbury.  Suddenly I was surrounded by supportive people.  I made new friendships and gained something I have never had in my life, self-steem.  I have become a positive role model for my family.  One year later, I have a daughter and husband who have become members as well.  I struggle with depression, anxiety and self-sabotage every single day.   Crossfit has given me an outlet for this.  Also in the past year, I have run two 5k's with my family.  Physically and emotionally, these were huge steps.

I am doing the Tough Mudder Half Philly with my best friend, Stephanie, who coincidently is a special education teacher that teaches children on the spectrum.  I am doing it for me.  To prove to myself that I can do anything I am determined to do.  I am the only one that can limit me.  I am also doing it for my family and for every other family  that is affected by autism.  Please consider making a donation to OAR.  I would feel honored that you believe in me as much as I do, and are willing to donate to help families such as mine that face challenges due to autism everyday.

The Organization for Autism Research was founded and is led by parents, grandparents, and relatives of children and adults with autism.  They fund research studies; award autism research grants; educate children whose peers have autism; distribute literature on safety for those with autism; and publish guidebooks.

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$770

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  • Sue

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  • Debbi Rooklin

     

  • Nicole Shapiro

    $25

  • Jan & Paul

    $25

  • Deanna

    $25

  • Anabelle

    $15

  • Alden and Tara losee

    $50

  • The King Family

    $50

  • The Hustons

    $50

  • Robin

     

  • Melissa Bodwell

    $25

  • Corey Jackson

    $50

  • Dawn Donahue

    $50

  • David, Kelli, Autumn & Greyson

    $100

  • Eric raymond

    $25

  • Jason Hansen

    $100

  • Heather and Hannah

    $25

  • The Buckleys

    $30

  • The Thomas'

    $50

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103% Raised of $750 Goal

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The Team: $1,240 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Michele Stasiak

Amount Raised

$770

 

103% Raised of $750 Goal

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Alec Dascani

Amount Raised

$345

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Jessica Ladd

Amount Raised

$125

 

17% Raised of $750 Goal

Donor Comments

The Thomas'

The Thomas'

DONATION: $50

4 months ago

The Buckleys

The Buckleys

DONATION: $30

4 months ago

Heather and Hannah

Heather and Hannah

DONATION: $25

Great people, great cause, strong woman! You got this! 4 months ago

Jason Hansen

Jason Hansen

DONATION: $100

4 months ago

Eric raymond

Eric raymond

DONATION: $25

4 months ago

David, Kelli, Autumn & Greyson

David, Kelli, Autumn & Greyson

DONATION: $100

5 months ago

Dawn Donahue

Dawn Donahue

DONATION: $50

5 months ago

Corey Jackson

Corey Jackson

DONATION: $50

5 months ago

Melissa Bodwell

Melissa Bodwell

DONATION: $25

Your strength and commitment make you a role model to so many Michelle. I'm so happy for you and pumped you are doing this race. Have a blast. 5 months ago

Robin

Robin

Kick some booty babe <3 5 months ago