A major take away from my time traveling through South America was that the most rewarding experiences in life really do come when you push yourself to do the thing that seems super scary and daunting. It’s been a few months now since getting back from my trip and I figured, why not push myself a little further to close out the year? That’s why, this October, I’ll be running the Chicago Marathon in support of an amazing charity- Organization for Autism Research (OAR). OAR aims to support autistic individuals as well as their parents, siblings, teachers and caregivers through research, education/resource creation, and scholarship funding.
Many of us have someone important in our lives with autism or we love someone who does. Please help me in supporting these individuals by donating to OAR and helping me reach my fundraising goal of $2,000. Every little bit helps!
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.