BENEFITING: Association For Science In Autism Treatment Inc
EVENT DATE: Nov 04, 2012
(Written for me by my older brother)
Hi everyone! My name is Jonathan Brunot!
I am 23 years old and I am a passionate marathon runner! I am also profoundly autistic, but that hasn't stopped me from running 8 marathons and even running an ULTRA marathon (30 miles)!
The CRAZY part is that I wasn't born an athlete! I didn't compete in high school track; in fact until 5 1/2 years ago I had never run more then a full lap in my life! With the help and encouragement of my amazing mother and my running coaches Vincent Del-Cid and Suzanne Gamez, I steadily began to get better, lose weight and internalize the sport of running.
Now, I LOVE to run, in fact I get anxious when I have long gaps between training!
My family, friends, teachers and coaches have dedicated so much time and effort to help me realize my potential through running, and coming this November I have the opportunity to run in my 9th marathon representing ASAT (Association For Science and Autism Treatment).
Since I am running for a charity, I have pledged to raise 2,500 dollars for ASAT before competing in the ING NYC Marathon 2012. I NEED YOUR HELP!!!!
Autism is a pervasive disorder, one that means that I will be facing many more challenges as I grow older and I will likely be dependent on others for the rest of my life. However, like ANYONE with autism, I have found one of the many things I enjoy and used my autism as an asset. My boundless energy now fuels every muscle in my body as I pound the pavement!
Please help be part of something as we raise money to make sure I get into the NYC Marathon this year and to support a wonderful organization like ASAT.
To learn more about me you can visit my facebook page;
You can read about my very first marathon experience in a NY TIMES article from 2008:
You can even see me (until late August) In TIMES SQUARE!! 44th and Broadway on the jumbotron between Toys R Us and Foot Locker. I won the Yurbuds #BEYOND THE WALL contest and even won a trip to Hawaii for my amazing coaches!
After the contest I was even named one of America's most INSPIRATIONAL ATHLETES!!!
PLEASE JOIN TEAM JONATHAN AND HELP ME GET TO THE NYC MARATHON THIS YEAR!!
New York Road Runners wrote -
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ASAT is a not-for-profit organization of parents and professionals committed to improving the education, treatment, and care of people with autism. Since autism was first identified, there has been a long history of failed treatments and fads, levied on vulnerable individuals as well as on their families. From the scandal of the “refrigerator mother” theory, to the ongoing parade of “miracle cures” and “magical breakthroughs,” history has been dominated by improbable theories about causation and treatments.
Many of these treatments have been too quickly adopted by professionals, too readily sensationalized by the media, and too hastily embraced by hopeful consumers – well before supporting evidence or reasonable probability existed for their effectiveness or safety.
Since ASAT was established in 1998, it has been our goal to work toward adopting higher standards of accountability for the care, education and treatment of all individuals with autism