Thank you so much for taking time to visit my fundraising page. This will be my fourth year running the Chicago Marathon and I am very excited to be running for a great organization like OAR (Organization for Autism Research).
I first learned about OAR through my friend Dan Padilla. I met Dan during my first year training with CARA (Chicago Area Runners Association) group out of Wheaton. I was not an experienced runner and needed all the help I could get. We were in the 11:30 pace group and spent many Saturdays struggling though the elements to get the training miles done.
We had plenty of time during those runs to get to know one another and that is when I learned about the Jogging for Josh team. Dan is the team leader and Josh is one of his sons. Josh has Autism, as do several more friends children that we know. That is why I felt there was more that I could do besides just run a marathon. This way there is a purpose to all those miles and I might have the ability to help make some type of change.
You may also know that my family and I have been working with an organization here in Naperville that trains service dogs. These lovely dogs are then adopted for children with special needs. I must say it was a moving experience and we are hooked.
I appreciate you taking the time to visit my page and learn more about why I am asking for your support. I also appreciate any donation you can make, be it big or small.
If you would like any more information about OAR, Jogging for Josh or VIP (Very Important Pooches), please do not hesitate to let me know.
Just some facts you may or may not know about Autism:
Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
Autism affects 1 in 68 children
1 in 42 boys has autism
There is no medical detection or cure for autism
No racial, ethnic or social boundaries
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