Astrid Arroyo via Crowdrise
November 29, 2012
My name is Astrid Camille Arroyo, I am 40 years old and the mother of two beautiful sons. My oldest son, Kai, has a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder/Intellectual Disability, Hypotonia and a genetic disorder not yet specified. Both my sons are my LIFE and I will do anything for them. Last year realizing that my son Kai will always be dependent of another person just to do the basics needs, I realized that I want to be that person as long as I can. At the time though I was weighing 200 pounds and lived a sedentary life pretty much. I decided to change my lifestyle. I started walking, exercising, and counting calories. Due to my new low caloric intake I started eating more fresh foods, like fruits and vegetables, non processed food, low in sugar, no bread, etc. As the pounds came off, my energy went up and I went from just walking a mile to walking 5 miles and doing 40 minutes circuit workouts every other day. To increase my exercise I decided to start running. This was back in November of 2011. Since then I have participated in 6 5K races, 1 6K race, The Great Race where I ran the 10K, and the GNC Live Well Liberty Mile. And just a few weeks ago I completed a 25K trail race that took me over 5 hours to finish. Since June of 2011 I have lost 70 pounds. And this is from a woman who for 10 years sat on a couch and did nothing, and swore off sweating as the most disgusting thing for anyone to do. My goal now is to stay healthy, and this is the healthiest I have been EVER, in the hopes that it will live forever to make sure my son Kai is well taken care of for the rest of his live.
I am aiming high, running the full marathon even before running a half. I want to set an example for my family and others and I know I can do it!! So I am running a full marathon and what better organization to raise funds for while I achieve my goal than ABOARD's Autism Connection of PA. Great local non profit organization here in Pittsburgh, that helps families of children with Autism. All run by parents of children on the spectrum, all money raised stays here in Pittsburgh, and this organization offers training, resources, activities, events, access to a library with tons of Autism resources, etc.
So please donate!! And spread the word!!