Andrew Rife via Crowdrise
December 17, 2011
I recently signed up to run the 2012 LA Marathon. I have been training hard and preparing for it since Christmas. The race is on March 18th where I will be running the full 26.2 Miles beginning at Chavez Ravine (Dodger Stadium) and ending in Santa Monica! Wanting to have a purpose behind my run I looked into charities that I could run for to help raise money for a cause. Since I work with kids and have a passion for their well being, I came across a charity I could not pass up the opportunity to give to. TEAM TRAIN 4 AUTISM: Supports Kids with Autism and helps their families with learning and understanding it. I have worked directly with children who have Autism in the Burbank Unified School District as well as in the City job that I have had since 2003.
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Train 4 Autism
Feel the joy of crossing the finish line knowing you’ve helped the autism program/organization of your choice. With Train 4 Autism, you’ll gain courage, strength and make a significant impact in the fight against autism. All levels and abilities are welcomed as Train 4 Autism is a regoistered 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. Many Train 4 Autism participants are persons competing in their first athletic event ever or athletes that choose to walk a race instead of run – everyone is welcome!
There are several ways to get involved either as an athlete, a sponsor, and/ or a volunteer:
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. There is currently no cure.