BENEFITING: ORGANIZATION FOR AUTISM RESEARCH
ORGANIZER: ORGANIZATION FOR AUTISM RESEARCH
EVENT: Tough Mudder Pittsburgh 2016
EVENT DATE: Sep 10, 2016
I am running with the RUN FOR AUTISM team on September 10, 2016 in the Pittsburgh Tough Mudder event. Aside from training in the past, and the weeks to come, I have decided to turn my early morning workouts and long runs into something meaningful. I am contacting you to help me raise money for autism research.
The rate of Autism diagnoses have increased significantly within the past twenty-five years. It is stated that 1 in 4 people in the United States know someone with autism. It is estimated that at least 1.7 million individuals in the U.S. are grappling with this complex and baffling disorder. The signs of autism become apparent by the time a child is three years old. This lifelong developmental disorder affects the way people interact with their environment. I was surprised to learn that individuals with autism may never be able to speak, marry, hold a job or live on their own. Autism is a lifelong challenge for the individuals diagnosed, and a life-changing challenge for their family. While there is no known cause, and a cure is not yet on the horizon, research provides hope and the promise of a better quality of life for those affected by autism; as quoted from Dr. Temple Grandin, “I am different, not less.”
I am dedicating this run to the individuals I have worked with over the past years. I truly cannot thank these individuals and their families for all the experiences and life lessons. You truly do not appreciate the voice of an individual until you hear a 6-year old child diagnosed with autism speak “Mom” for the first time, or appreciate the companionship of peers until you see a child diagnosed with autism included in cooperative play. I plan to continue my work as a Behavioral Specialist and the instructor of Dance Works.
I am asking for your support. All proceeds will go to the Organization for Autism Research, a national non-profit organization that funds research and offers resources for individuals diagnosed with autism and their families. Every donation makes a difference. To find out more about the Organization for Autism Research, please visit the Web site www.researchautism.org.
Thank you in advance for your support,