1 in 88 children are on the Autism Spectrum including my son Alexander. He is a beautiful, loving, energetic boy. But every day he struggles to do the things that we take for granted: communicate his thoughts and feelings, walk into a loud or crowded area, make friends. But we are lucky that there have been triumphes: saying I Love you, going to school full time, playing with his Sister and classmates. We want more triumphes and less struggles for the many families that are affected by this disorder that has no known cause or cure. So again I have joined the Run for Autism team and will run to raise money for the Organization for Autism Research. (OAR) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting research to help families, educators, caregivers, and individuals with Autism find answers to their immediate and urgent questions. More than $0.84 of every dollar donated will directly fund Autism research studies. Since 2003, the RUN FOR AUTISM team has raised more than $3.8 million for applied Autism research.
I am running two races for OAR this year- Tough Mudder (12 miles, over 20 crazy obstacles!) and the Philadelphia Marathon- 26.2! However we have a new challenge to Alexander's Army. Shane won't be able to participate as he will be on Active duty in Kuwait until next year. But he plans to bring his OAR shirt and will participate in his own runs if he can. Everyone is part of our effort this time, even the kids have run their own race. And Charlotte will be part of the marathon weekend by participating in the kids' run.
So I have changed our team name to the Reilly Regiment to honor our whole Army family. I am still running for Alexander the Great who continues to grow and amaze us every day. But I also run for Big Sister Charlotte who might not always get all the attention but still wants to help her brother succeed. I run for Shane who is always there supporting us and helping to provide the therapy that helped Alexander so much. And finally I run for all the kids on the Autism Spectrum, especially military families. Every mile, every dollar raised is my way to help, to make a difference to Alexander and in lives of the many people that are affected by this disorder.
Please make a donation to honor kids like Alexander and families like ours who love them. As always thank you for your love and support. We will find the puzzle pieces one day and what a beautiful picture we will make!
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.