Hey everyone! I am lucky enough to say that I will be running the Berlin Marathon in September this year. It's exciting to be able to run this year and even more so knowing that I'll get to raise money on behalf of an organization that funds studies for a cause very important to me. I'm hoping you can help me reach my goal so I can race this year, and more importantly, support an organization that helps children with autism.
As some of you may know, I have a wonderful niece, Daniella. She loves singing, anything pink, elephants, princesses, rollercoasters, taco bell, and pepperoni pizza. She likes to tell scary stories but does not like scary movies. She's so sweet and absolute joy to be around. She's a great kid! She just happens to be a kid who has autism. Now some people hear the word autism and assume that's a person's whole personality. I want to change that because my niece deserves to grow up knowing that autism does not define her. She is just as capable as any other boy or girl out there. There are some areas where she struggles a bit but she is getting the help she needs and improving every day. The Organization for Autism Research is committed to helping people with autism in more ways than focusing on what causes autism. They focus more on everyday relevance such as education, parent and teacher training, communication, self-care, social skills, employment, behavior, and adult and community issues.
I have pledged to raise $2500 to support OAR and I'm asking for your help in this effort. 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 44 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.