Michael Gann's Fundraising Page


2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Chicago, Illinois

Michael Gann's Fundraising Page


Paul Jurey (10)  Jay Larson (18)  Kyle McIntosh (24) Brandon Henson (7) Jake Potterfield (18)  Nick Potterfield (13)  Will Graydon (8)  Knox Hutchinson (7) Harry Milner (17) Jared Crumbley (22) Cy Searles (6) Johnathon Bernardi (14) Jessica Crump (9) Chad Alan Smith (14) Emily Holcomb (13) Davis Nowicki (5) Andrew Vice (16) Patrick DiMaria (7)

First of all, thank you for your support as I take on this endeavor.  The fact that you are visiting this page shows your support of this cause!

I have committed to run the Chicago Marathon on October 10th and will be running in support of OAR - Run for Autism – Organization for Autism Research.
I chose this charity after meeting Paul; the 10 yr old son of Charlie and Melissa Bradley.  Charlie is the Inventory Coordinator for Encompass while Melissa works in White Swan Product Development.  The Bradleys (Charlie, Melissa, Paul and his 9 yr old sister Kailey)  recently relocated to McDonough, GA and are very excited about what the Henry County school system has to offer their son due to the awareness level that has been instituted in the school based on funds that are raised by groups like OAR.
Paul is a delightful little boy and it touched my heart to learn how many children suffer from Aspergers/Autism and so many parents are unaware of how to diagnose and then help their children persevere in the world around them; especially in their education.
Please see this note from Melissa:
My son Paul is 10 years old.  He has Asperger's Syndrome, which is high functioning autism. 
So what does that mean?  It means that Paul has a hard time understanding the world like most kids do.  Things like jokes, sarcasm, words with double meanings, these are all things that confuse Paul.  He can't read if someone is joking, teasing, angry, or upset unless it is explained to him.  It often seems like he's lost in a world that doesn't belong to him. 
Everyday poses a new challenge, a new frustration for him and for us to learn how to help him understand.  The more we learn the more we can help him succeed. 
Current research has shown that autism disorders are found in every 1 of 110 children born in the United States and amazingly, boys outnumber girls 4 to 1 in recent detailed studies.
I am running in honor of Paul...and the hundreds of thousands of kids who are just like him. 
As I have logged over 700 miles this year training for the marathon, I have been humbled by the number of friends, family, co-workers, customers and people who care that have not only donated to this cause but also have given encouragement through this brutal hot summer of training.  I am honored to run in honor and support of their children and family! 
Each child that is on my wall of honor will be added to the back of my running singlet and will be visible to the over 40,000 runners ...as well to the few million that will be watching on the streets of Chicago.
My wife Ginger and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support; whether it is prayerful, verbal, written or financial.  We can all make a difference in the lives of many children! 

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