BENEFITING: ROBINS WAY INC
EVENT DATE: Nov 04, 2012
As many of you know, I recently completed my first major race, The Miami Half Marathon. With the encouragement of my two high school friends, Don and Greg, who got me started running in the first place, not only did I complete the race, I lost 35 pounds in the process. Aside from my wedding day and the birth of my children, completing the race was one of my great achievements. The truth is preparing for the race was a very grueling experience. Six days a week I would jog eight miles, ten miles sometimes up to thirteen miles. In addition I would cross train, riding twenty to thirty miles. Many people have asked me how I got through it. There is one answer, my daughter Robin. I take all that my daughter has taught me as she plows through life, continuing to grow and flourish with Autism and I apply that resolve. Robin has shown me how to appreciate the small accomplishments that most people take for granted. Taking the time to see the world through her eyes has become my solace, even more so during my two hour jogs. My wife Lisa is our rock, providing for all of Robins needs, whether it is for school services or love and affection. My two sons, Jake and Bradley, have also grown into amazing young men. They see the world without prejudging people or unique situations. My oldest son Jake, wrote a public statement on Facebook (yes I am a Facebook stalker),
“My sister is my inspiration. She has made me who I am today and much
more then that. Thank you Robin for being the amazing young woman you
are and for putting a smile on my face when I need it the most. Never
change for anyone, you are the reason I will never give up in this world,
I love you more then anything.”
…..I am so proud. On reflection, it became apparent that we are the lucky ones, having loving family support and the fortunate ability to be financially secure and provide Robin with all that she could need. What about the ones who don’t? What about the people who have an Autistic child without the securities. What if we couldn’t send Robin to a special camp for the summer? What if we couldn’t drop everything and run to a school meeting or provide critical services for her growth and development? Last year my wife started Robins Way to help families by providing them some additional financial support so that they could provide for their autistic child while providing a better quality life for their family… So, I RUN! I run for Robins Ways!! This year on November 4th I will be tackling the NYC Marathon, 26.2 miles. I ask for your support. A tax free donation to Robins Way will go long distance in relieving a family’s burden to provide support for their child. As Robins Way has a specific goal and mission statement to help particular families I have teamed up with Autism Speaks and will be running as a part of their team. This will get much needed money into the research side of the cause. As such, I have committed the first $3,000 of funds raised will go to them. In addition, via Robins Way, 5% of all funds collected will be donated to St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital for the incredible work that they do and to support their continued programs that help all children with a multitude of disabilities. Please log onto www.crowdrise.com/robinswayinc .and make a donation to support my run and, Robins Way. And Pleas log onto www.robinsway.org to find out more and read our mission statement.
Robins Way Inc.
A 501(c)(3) charitable organization