WHY I AM RUNNING: Recently, Matthew, our first born, was provisionally diagnosed with Autism. We are still learning what this will mean for us, his therapists and doctors believe he will likely develop out of this diagnosis. This is not the case for most children diagnosed on the spectrum. By running for the Organization for Autism Research and raising money, I hope the money donated by our friends and family can help make progress in better understanding autism and the development of crucial and beneficial therapies and treatments. We have already witnessed how excellent therapies can help with development. Matthew has been in speech therapy for 2 years and recently we were told that we can back down his sessions from 2 times a week, to 2 times a month. I will greatly appreciate any support you can give to my fundraiser.
Please help me support 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!
WHY RUN FOR AUTISM? 1 in 54 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.
OAR is a 4 out of 4 star rated charity and uses nearly 90% of donated funds to fund their programs and research. So you can rest assured you money is going towards a responsible cause.
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.