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BENEFITING: The Arc of Greater Houston

EVENT: 2017 TOUR DU ROUGE

EVENT DATE: May 07, 2017

Paulo Soares

THE STORY:

Team, I have made a commitment to ride the 9th annual Tour du Rouge which is a 6-day cycling tour from Houston to New Orleans. We will be riding 535 miles total – an average of 89 miles a day! Each rider has a fundraising goal of $2,500 and proceeds will benefit The Arc. What is The Arc and how your donation help: • The Arc was founded in 1950 by a small group of parents and other concerned individuals. • The Arc is the largest national organization serving people with intellectual and related developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families, promoting and protecting their human rights and actively supporting their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes. • We foster respect and access, giving people with IDD the power to achieve a full and satisfying life through a strong grassroots network of 140,000 members affiliated through more than 700 state and local chapters across the nation. • At the national level, a 22-member national board of directors and a delegate body of representatives from each chapter guide The Arc’s work. National headquarters staff located in Washington, D.C. carry out their decisions and directives. • What is an Intellectual and Developmental Disability? Intellectual disability is a disability that occurs before age 18. People with this disability experience significant limitations in two main areas: 1) intellectual functioning and 2) adaptive behavior. These limitations are expressed in the person's conceptual, social and practical everyday living skills. The most common syndromes associated with intellectual disability are Autism, Down Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). For more information, go to http://www.thearc.org/learn-about/intellectual-disability • Why Is The Arc Needed? The Arc works to ensure that the estimated 4.6 million Americans with IDD have the services and supports they need to grow, develop and live in communities across the nation. These services include, but are not necessarily limited to, early intervention, health care, a free and appropriate public education and supports for their families. For adults, services and supports may include preparation for employment, help in finding a job, independent living skill training, leisure and recreation activities and any other supports needed across the lifespan. Videos to Watch and Share: The Story of Adrian, the Arspiring Actor - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upwg2285oOg The Story of Annika and Maya - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCCm0A2DlDo For more information on Tour du Rouge go to www.tourdurouge.org and for information on The Arc go to www.thearc.org. Please consider making a contribution on my behalf by going to my personal fundraising page at http://www.crowdrise.com/2017tourdurouge or use the attached pledge form. Thank you for your consideration in supporting my efforts! Sincerely, Paulo

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