3 Years strong! I am back in 2017 and excitedt o be supporting this incredible cause.
I met Jack's father in 2015. Jack is now 14 and severly autistic. Hi father Sam, avid marathoner, and his wife have been dedicated their lives to Autism. Rather than tell you why this is so dear to my heart, I'm going to let Sam explain:
"Over the years, I've been pretty public about things ... I'm an autism dad, a runner dad, I do thinks with running to fight autism and my son is severely autistic.To a degree, it might be something that's more theory than real to all of you. You see my posts, you meet me at the race, you wear a shirt with a logo, but you don't really see the day-to-day reality of the destruction I've seen autism cause on my son and my family.
The autism spectrum is broad and Jack's autism is severe. It's been the source of more physical pain than any child should have to endure. It's also the source of tremendous emotional pain for my wife and I — he's 14 and we've never been able to ask him, "how are you?" He hasn't gone a day in his life without crying.
Not as Operation Jack but as Sam, I am so grateful for what Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) has been able to do to help my son and my family and tens of thousands of kids and families like my own. That's why all net revenues from the Operation Jack Marathon and Virtual Run this year are going to TACA — it's very important to me that my efforts end up benefitting an organization that will make lives better."
So you have it. This is not a work event. This is not a competing race. This is a cause and a family that are dear to my heart and I want to support every year, as long as I will be able to.
Please donate and support my fundraising campaign. Please. For Jack. For all the families affected with Autism. They need our help.