Thank you for visiting my Personal Fundraising Page for the Pittsburgh Marathon as I run for autism research. Donating through this site is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to make a contribution to my fundraising efforts.
Why I am doing this?
This will be my first marathon and I wanted to run for a reason. I decided to run for a cause that I had some personal connection and compassion toward. I immediately thought of my two dear friends Brian and Mary Beiler. They have two children, Steve and Dave, who both have autism. My training over the next 5 months and my run in the marathon is dedicated to Steve and Dave. Aside from that personal connection, as I did more research on autism I discovered that autism is one of the most underfunded medical challenges in our society.
Prevalence vs. Private Funding
* Leukemia: Affects 1 in 1,200 / Funding: $277 million
* Muscular Dystrophy: Affects 1 in 100,000 / Funding: $162 million
* Pediatric AIDS: Affects 1 in 300 / Funding: $394 million
* Juvenile Diabetes: Affects 1 in 500 / Funding: $156 million
* Autism: Affects 1 in 110 / Funding: $79 million
National Institutes of Health Funds Allocation
* Total 2010 NIH budget: $35.6 billion
* Of this, only $218 million goes directly to autism research. This represents 0.6% of total NIH funding
I will be running to raise funds for the Organization for Autism Research. (www.researchautism.org) OAR is the only autism organization which focuses solely on applied research.
* Putting research to work providing answers to questions for those confronted directly and indirectly by autism
* Funding research studies that investigate treatments, educational approaches, and statistical aspects of autism
Again, many thanks for your support -- and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!