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Mike Runs for Autism Research

Mike Gardner

Mike Gardner

Welcome to my fundraising page! I am running the 2021 Chicago Marathon (delayed due to Covid) as a member of the Run for Autism team, which directly supports the Organization for Autism Research.

I chose to run in support of OAR because the organization is highly rated, a is playing a critical role in helping improve the lives of those on the autism spectrum. I'm also proudly running for Seth and Laurel, two of Kelsey's cousins whom I've been fortunate enough to have as part of my life in recent years. Anyone who has ever been around these two would tell you how much happiness and joy they bring to the world. I'm honored to run for an organization that will make a direct impact on improving the futures of Seth, Laurel, and others on the autism spectrum.

I've set a fundraising goal of $3000, which will provide a scholarship for a student with autism to attend college. Even if you are unable to support financially, please consider helping by sharing my link or by spending some time learning more about autism and autism research. I greatly appreciate every one of you for taking the time to support in some way.

1 in 68 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with autism. By donating to 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.
$30,000 fully underwrites an applied research pilot study.


raised of $3,000 goal

Recent Donations

1. DSDavid Stetter
A dollar for every minute faster you completed the 2019 3Way Challenge
2. JMJordan Mansour
3. JWJennifer Womble
4. CRCarl And Margaret Russell
5. BlBridgette Luken
6. Mike Gardner
Repurposing my entry fee from this year’s postponed Flying Pig Marathon Weekend