After my last marathon in 2015, I told myself that I would take a step back and stick to a more 'reasonable' half marathon distance.
I am terrible at holding to my word.
When OAR announced that they would be partners with the Dublin Marathon I knew I had to run this race. Of the two marathons I've run, half of them were with OAR and I intend to make my third marathon another one with this group.
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.
My brother was diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum and that has shaped my life from my career in teaching and to my current career in healthcare IT. Without some of the research and resources that OAR has worked on there are a lot of people just like my brother who would not have some of the opportunities that he's gone out and succeeded at.
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.