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Jennifer Arends

Jennifer Arends

Meet Anakin! He is my 3 year old grandson who was diagnosed with Autism in February of 2023. We were very lucky that we recognized signs early and were financially able to get Anakin private testing to confirm that he had autism. Then we were even more blessed by finding an open spot in a school that provided him with ABA Therapy and other services he needs. Not every family has the resources to do what we were able to do so quickly. Realizing this tugged at my heart and I decided I wanted to help those other families in some way. I am running the London Marathon for Anakin and all the other kids and families dealing with autism.

Did you know, 1 in 36 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with autism? By donating to the RUN FOR AUTISM team, you’re supporting the Organization of Autism Research'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:

$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.

Please support me in helping kids like my Anakin and their families by clicking on my personal fundraising link and making a donation today.


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