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Theresa Hayden's Fundraising Page

Theresa Hayden

Theresa Hayden

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! 

As we all know even the best laid plans sometimes don't always go the way you mean to. The pandemic cancelled my dream (temporarily) of running the NYC Marathon in 2020 to celebrate my 40th birthday but I'm determined to run it this November. See below for my story and please donate if you can!

We suspected something was not right when Sam didn't have 5-6 words at 18 months. Immediately we contacted Infant and Toddler Connection of Fairfax County and got speech therapy for him.

Although he was making progress, he was going to age out of ITC at 3 years so we asked them to help us contact Fairfax County about if Sam was eligible for SPED Pre-School. He was, so he entered public school at 3 and was officially diagnosed at age 4 on 9/14/16.

Our world changed that day. All of the hopes and dreams we originally had suddenly changed. What I love about him: he is talented, bright, and has an amazing memory! While my original hopes and dreams for him have changed, ultimately the big one has not. My goal for him is to be the best person he can be. Stay tuned to this page as I update you on my progress over the next few months. Go big or go home!

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.

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.


raised of $3,500 goal

Recent Donations

1. LCLinda And Carlton
2. CBCindy Bendel
Excited for you! Wish you the best with the marathon.
3. CBCristin Bowman
4. KNKristen Nicklas
5. MSMaryAnne Schiffner
So proud of you.
6. ABAshley Bajohr