Why Raise Money?
For the last decade, I've focused my attention on autism awareness, rather than fundraising for various causes. I always felt that the Time and Talent segments of the Time/Talent/Treasure equation were lacking. I also found it to be more satisfying to fill in the gaps left behind when all the focus was put on raising money.
So why am I raising money for New Vista School in Laguna Hills, CA?
They have been successful in filling the gaps in my son's education and I want to give back by bringing attention to their mission and hopefully raise much needed funds to make that education possible for the ever-growing numbers of children affected by autism.
I began running two years ago, at the age of 42. I was never what you would consider athletic, and certainly had/have some pounds to lose. Unexpectedly, I found something I truly enjoyed... the movement... the breath... the lesson-learning ability to endure.
Raising a child with autism has taught me something about endurance: find the right doctor; find the right therapist; find the best source of nutrition; devise the best education; create the best environment... and do it over and over and over again. The seemingly insignificant becomes the major milestone, but the finish line is never in sight. Your definitions are redefined again and again, and you learn to find the times to roll with it or fight.
You also find the moments and reasons to celebrate! Joy happens almost every day, while it's sometimes easier to focus on the challenges, I find greater meaning in celebrating the joy I encounter when I connect with my son, hear him laugh, see him smile. In the midst of the test, I've learned to focus on the joyful.
So, it is with that spirit of joyfulness that I'm training for the first half of the San Francisco Marathon. I'm going to finish up this round of fundraising there because I want to celebrate this expression of joyful endurance as I cross that gorgeous Golden Gate bridge - symbolizing so much, and reminding me of the journey that my family and each person affected by autism, travels - in hopes of reaching that gateway to opportunity, security, a safe harbor, greatness, and hope.
Run with me by donating, joining my team, or leaving a kind word.