I'm running the 2023 TCS NYC Marathon to raise money for autism research. Welcome to my fundraising page!
Growing up, my aunt always exposed me to greater possibilities. She’d plant seeds that gave me belief in my potential in ways I would've never imagined otherwise. Whether it was her giving me sketchbooks to draw and blank books to hone in on stories I wanted to tell or sending me articles and puzzles that'd make me think critically. I always enjoyed spending time with her and always learning something new.
Fast forward to the present day, my relationship with my aunt's son brings me such a familiar feeling of joy that it feels full circle. I see my 8-year-old self whenever I see the smile on his face. My little cousin, who's had more than a fair share of hardship as a child, has always gravitated towards me. When my cousin would get overstimulated, we would often run. By running with him, we bonded while helping him release pent-up energy or anxiety. It made me realize the power of physical activity for our emotional and mental health. I'm grateful for those moments we shared together. Since then, I’ve been more intentional about doing what I can to learn, understand, and be there for him. I know the rest of the world may not be as willing, especially with the stigma and general lack of understanding about the autism spectrum. This is why, with your help, I want to raise money for autism research by doing something I share with my cousin - running farther - so that there'll be a lot more knowledge and resources for kids like him in the future.
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 36 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. $40,000 fully underwrites an applied research pilot study.