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Run for Autism

Ryan Gehman

Ryan Gehman

This Fall I will be racing in the Chicago Marathon. While this is exciting and I hope to run well, the best part is I'm able to do so for a worthy cause! I am racing as a part of team OAR (organization for autism research). I was diagnosed with Autism at age four. Running is how I navigate the world and it has become one of the most important aspects my life. When I run I experience joy, freedom, and peace of mind. It's my dream to use running to give back into the neurodiverse community. Will you join me in doing just that this Fall? Thanks so much for your consideration and generosity!

1 in 44 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 (like me!) 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 $2,000 goal


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