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Mike Runs Chicago for Autism Acceptance

Mike Gardner

Mike Gardner

I’m proud to run this race in honor of Autism Acceptance and the Russell/Phillips/Patterson/Gilmer families. Grandmother (Margaret Gilmer Russell) was a great supporter of the cause as it was very close to her heart.

Your donation will directly support critical autism research and fund scholarships for students with autism. Last year we were able to raise over $3,000, contributing to a team total of $118,000!!! This money directly funded three brand new research studies and helped supply multiple scholarships.

Please help me support  by making a contribution to my fundraiser and sharing this page with your family and friends. Every dollar I raise will advance Organization for Autism Research's great cause! 

1 in 54 children in the U.S. 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:

$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.
$40,000 fully underwrites an applied research pilot study.


raised of $3,000 goal

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