On February 14, 2016 I, Denia Bradshaw am going to run the LA Marathon with hopes of fundraising for the charity Train 4 Autism. I have run 10 half marathons in the last few years but this race is extra special because it is my first FULL marathon (26.2 whaaaat?!!). I will no longer be able to swing those "I'm only half as crazy" jokes heh heh.
This is going to be my second time participating in this event, but I am going to do ALL the running in 2016. My first time participating in the LA Marathon was last year through the charity relay. The 26.2 miles were split between my friend Jay Villanueva and myself. I ran the first half of the race and Jay the second. He and I raised $1,935 that year for Train 4 Autism. Our goal was $1000, and with everyone's support and generousity we were able to surpass that by $935!! Again, another sincere thank you to everyone who helped and supported. Still so touched by that.
So I'm back on Crowdrise with a new fundraising goal. This year I'd like to raise at least $650 on my own for T4A. It's the LA Marathon take two! Only difference is this year I am going solo and doing the whole enchilada. If you can, please support me with a donation for this cause.
My connection to T4A
My youngest brother David was diagnosed with autism. He is the reason I initially became interested and involved in helping those on the spectrum. These last few years I have begun to become more involved with this community, of course with my brother in my heart but also for the so many I've come to get to know and love. I am working hard to be more proactive for this cause; I want to continue running for autism and will continue to do my best in helping and aiding those I can. In the meantime, help me help them if you are willing and able to do so.
I always wear my light blue T4A shirt to races I've been fundraising for. On the back it states: "I love someone with autism." To me that used to mean just David. I love my little brother so much. But with all the new things I have been doing with this community, I have just met so many incredible individuals on the spectrum that I am proud to say I have gotten to know. Many have been those involved with Reid's Gift, a program that promotes independence and higher quality of life for adults with developmental disabilities.
I wish I could change the wording on my shirt a little... from "someone" to "I love so many with autism."
Or something along those lines :p
Support, donations, advice.. anything would be very much appreciated.
Thank you so very much :)
All my best,
(A little about T4A below...)
Train 4 Autism is a registered 501c3 non-profit that was started by parents, not athletes. Our mission is to support and empower parents and children touched by the disorder by involvement in endurance sport.
What is Autism? Autism is a devastating neurological and biological disorder that typically affects children between the ages in 18 months to five years of age. Autism currently affects 1 in every 110 children today. It is estimated there are over 1 million people in the United States alone with autism. Autism affects each individual differently and at different levels of severity. Some people with autism are severely affected, cannot speak, require constant one-on-one care, and are never able to live independently. While others who have less severe symptoms, can communicate, and eventually acquire the necessary skills to live on their own.
(A little about the LA Marathon from those at T4A..)
Stadium to the Sea.
Say just those four words, and runners across the United States will immediately
know what you•re referring to: the iconic course of the ASICS LA Marathon, which is set for its 31st edition on February 14, 2016.
The ASICS LA Marathon has always been about much more than an invitational race for elite runners over the city’s streets. Since its inception in 1986, it has offered opportunities for involvement for athletic expression at all levels, for giving back to the community and for celebrating the unique nature of the communities all over the Los Angeles region.
In 2010, Marathon charities set an all-time record of $2 million in donations. The enormous success led to the creation of the Marathon’s Charity Challenge, which called upon fundraisers to set a new record of $3 million in donations in 2011.
Contributions passed the $1 million mark in mid-February 2011, the earliest date
ever, and charities ultimately reached the $3 million mark for that year’s race. For
the 2012 race, total charity contributions reached $3,023,326 and in 2013 the
numbers continued to rise, with all-time high charity participation totaling over 70
charities raising over 3.1 million dollars.