I am very excited to have the opportunity to run the NEW YORK CITY MARATHON for the charity team OAR Run For Autism. The opportunity to raise money for Autism is very near and dear to mine and my wife Cindy‘s heart. We share 2 children on the spectrum and have so many friends who have autistic children. Autism is growing at a rapid rate and has not had the attention that most epidemics get, influenza gets more publicity then autism. Autism effects entire families, physically, mentally, and financially. Often 1 parent is unable to work because some autistic children require constant supervision. I fear that as the parents get older and are unable to take care of there autistic children (now grown in size and age but not in mind) who will? Who will know their routines, their diets and fears/triggers. Every autistic child is different and each parent has learned how to help some very vulnerable and sometimes helpless children safely make it through the day. Autistic children have gone from 1 in 5000 children in 1975 to 1 in 2500 ten years later. Now it is 1 in 68 (recently some studies claim 1 in 58). 130 million children are born each year, that is 2 million autistic children a year and growing . This can not be ignored so please don’t! I have committed to raise at least $3500 for Autism so I need all of my friends to please donate anything you can, from the cost of a cup of good coffee to the cost of a Tesla if you can 😉. I understand that not everyone can donate but everyone can share this post for me please. I hope you will help. I need at least 350 friends to donate $10 🥺
WHY RUN FOR AUTISM?
1 in 68 children in the United States is diagnosed with autism. By joining the RUN FOR AUTISM team, you're supporting OAR's mission to fund research and resources that help people with autism and their families today. Here are some of the ways that OAR uses the funds raised by the RUN FOR AUTISM team:
THE IMPACT YOU HELP OAR MAKE:
- $10 provides a Curriculum in a Box professional development set to general education teachers.
- $25 provides 15 copies of A Guide to Safety to families and first responders.
- $100 provides the Kit for Kids peer education resource to an entire elementary or middle school.
- $150 provides 100 copies of a Life Journey through Autism guidebook sent to a community support group or military installation.
- $1,000 provides a research grant for a graduate student studying autism.
- $3,000 provides a scholarship for a student with autism to attend college.
- $30,000 fully underwrites an applied research pilot study