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Melissa Martin's Fundraising Page

Melissa Martin

Melissa Martin

Welcome to my fundraising page! This will be my 4th Run for Autism event and my third Chicago Marathon.

I choose to run for OAR because I love the mission that this charity supports. As a high school teacher for individuals with autism, I see the daily triumphs and challenges that individuals on the spectrum face. While research has come a long way, there is a strong need to continue to research how to best support these individuals, especially as they enter into adulthood. OAR not only provides research grants to support research studies, they also provide training and guidance to first responders, AND scholarships for individuals on the spectrum to further their education beyond high school.

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, 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 $1,250 goal

Recent Donations

1. KLKaty Levinson
2. ABAlexandra Burton
3. RRRachel Rebandt
4. SSSaundra Stack
I know you’re going to rock this marathon, Melissa! Good luck!!
5. CTCarrie Torrente
Run Melissa, run!
6. KJKayla Jowski