Daniel Padilla's Page

ORGANIZATION FOR AUTISM RESEARCH

2012 Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Chicago, Illinois

Daniel Padilla's Page

Have you ever done anything “just because?”


5 years ago, I signed up to run my first Chicago Marathon with OAR. I really had no idea what I was in for but I figured why not? I wanted to do something fun and do it for charity. My 2nd marathon proved to be more of a personal challenge. I wanted to finish faster and stronger than my first run, but in my training all I could think about was my son Josh, his friends, and the teachers who devote their lives to furthering the development of children with Autism. When I ran my 3rd marathon, I felt I was hooked. I quickly realized that my addiction was not to running, but to the Autism community. I felt passionate about promoting the good work of OAR and creating awareness about Autism. I signed up for a 4th run realizing that my continuous efforts are needed to further the research that OAR is doing. This 5th time I am running “just because.”


- Just because he is Josh Padilla,
- Just because he is my son,
- Just because he is becoming a teenager,
- Just because he is playing high school football,
- Just because he has teammates and coaches that take time to understand and engage him,
- Just because of his teachers who encourage him,
- Just because Josh has inspired his siblings to become special education teachers,
- Just because there are other parents who struggle with children who have autism,
- Just because Autism is the 2nd most common developmental disorder in the United States ,
- Just because Autism affects 1 in every 88 children born today,
- Just because every 20 minutes another child is diagnosed with Autism,
- Just because the cause of autism is STILL unknown and a cure does not exist,
- Just because.


Every year I try to think of another way to ask for your donations, so that you don't get tired of me. I guess this year it’s JUST BECAUSE.


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Thank you for visiting my Personal Fundraising Page. 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. Many thanks for your support -- and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!

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