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Carrie's Run for Autism Research

Carrie Madera

Carrie Madera

I have spent my career serving people with autism. From summer camps to community recreation programs to a therapeutic school, people with autism are my people. I'm so excited to support OAR with my race because their work directly serves people with autism, their families and their communities.

Why run a marathon?

I’m a runner. Not one of those fast runners. Not one of those gazelle-looking runners. But a runner nonetheless.

My talent is that I can run for a long time. Again, not fast. But endurance is something I’ve got. I like to say I’m getting my money’s worth as I spend a long time on the race course!

I started running while doing a college internship and came home hooked. I worked my way up to the marathon distance and then popped into the world of triathlon for a while even completing Ironman Wisconsin.

But I always come back to running. Running is part of my self-care. I’m simply a better person when I run.

Please help me support Organization for Autism Research 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 68 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with autism. By joining the RUN FOR AUTISM team, I'm 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.
$30,000 fully underwrites an applied research pilot study.


raised of $1,250 goal

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