The Mike Caesar 5k for Autism was started by the Caesar family in Baldwin, New York in 2016. Inspired by Mike's sudden passing in 2015, the event was a way to bring together the Baldwin and Oceanside communities to celebrate the life of an admired family man, neighbor, and friend, and to contribute to a cause that was near and dear to Mike's heart: raising awareness, understanding, and support for those living with and affected by autism.
The first race was an overwhelming success in the eyes of the Caesar family and exceeded their every expectation. It was only natural that the race become an annual tradition.
Since its inception, the Mike Caesar 5k for Autism has drawn close to 1,000 participants and raised nearly $50,000 for the Organization for Autism Research (OAR) to fund applied research studies to improve the quality of life of those facing the day-to-day challenges of autism.
In 2017, the Mike Caesar 5k for Autism received recognition by the Town as Hempstead. Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino presented the Citation recognizing the event as an outstanding contribution to the enhancement of the region and the betterment of residents, exhibiting a profound and lasting impact on humanitarian and community concerns.
The Caesar family feels blessed beyond measure for the generosity and kindness shown by all of those who have supported the autism community in Mike's honor over the past several years. We look forward to continuing to progress on our mission and positively impact the autism community.