BENEFITING: TRAIN 4 AUTISM
EVENT DATE: Nov 16, 2014
Most of you know my son, Parker who recently turned 9 years old, and we very much enjoyed celebrating his sweet spirit and brave heart. He loves Disney's Cars, eating lots of pasta, listening to music, and really, really loves the ocean! There's no sweeter sound that warms our hearts than hearing his beautiful giggles throughout the day.
He is many wonderful things. Many of you may not know that he is also a child with severe autism and is still currently non-verbal. Autism is a bio-neurological developmental disability that becomes evident in early childhood. Individuals with autism struggle with verbal and non-verbal communication and also exhibit numerous physical disorders, including epilepsy, sleep disorders, anxiety disorders, digestive disorders, and allergies. 1 in 88 children in the US will be diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (Centers for Disease Control, 2012).
It was a few years ago that I realized I needed to get back into shape. Raising 4 boys and practicing full time was tiring enough but I was always physically and emotionally drained. So with the help of a few neighbors, I started crossfit and running, moved to triathlons last year, and completed my first full Ironman Race last fall. The physical activity has been therapeutic for me and given me a chance to spend time with old friends and make new ones. Most importantly, my solitary morning trainings have been a time that I could truly reconnect with God and appreciate all the blessings and burdens He has provided.
On Sunday, November 16, 2014, I will be participating in my second Ironman Triathlon in Tempe, Arizona.
There is no cure for Autism. However, numerous educational, behavioral, biomedical, and related interventions have been proven effective in improving symptomology in individuals with this diagnosis.
I am fundraising on behalf of Train 4 Autism( T4A), a foundation dedicated to bringing together a community of athletes, physically active, and socially conscious people who are committed to raising awareness and funds for research and treatment for those living with Autism and their families.
Please join me in making a donation today. I am asking for donations of $14.06 to represent the 140.6 miles (2.4mile swim, 112mile ride and 26.2 run) I’ll be covering this coming Sunday. As I race, I will be praying for Parker and all the amazing families we have met through this journey.