Hello everyone and thank you for visiting my fundraising page,
On Oct 28 I will be once again running the Marine Corps Marathon with the Run for Autism team to raise money for the Organization for Autism Research. This is the fourth year I have been involved with OAR and so far I have completed 10 half marathons and 3 marathons. One thing I have learned from this experience is that people have been very generous in offering donations and support. Almost $6,000 have been given the last four years, I am eternally grateful . I will admit that I am not that good of a runner. I am probably a little below average. I usually finish in the bottom third just behind the people that like to dress up in costumes. It is a little discouraging when you get beat by someone dressed up like Elvis. Not the young Elvis, but the older fat Elvis! But that is ok, because I get to be a part of a great organization and an even better group of people all working to help families dealing with autism. In the end unlocking the puzzle of autism was never a sprint, we know the research will be a marathon. Maybe several, no matter the pace.
The Organization for Autism Research (www.researchautism.org/) was created in December 2001 – the product of the shared vision and unique life experiences of OAR’s seven founders. Led by these parents and grandparents of children and adults on the autism spectrum, OAR set out to use applied science to answer questions that parents, families, individuals with autism, teachers and caregivers confront daily. No other autism organization has this singular focus.
Here are the facts:
• Every 20 minutes, a new child is diagnosed with autism. This rate is higher than cerebral palsy, childhood cancer, cystic fibrosis and juvenile diabetes......... combined.
•Autism affects as many as 1 in every 88 children in the United States
•It is estimated that 1.5 million Americans may be affected with autism
•Of the approximately 4 million babies born every year, 24,000 of them will eventually be identified as autistic
•1 out of 70 boys are suspected of being on the spectrum with perhaps more going undiagnosed
•Autism is 9 times more frequent in identical twins.
OAR’s mission is to apply research to the challenges of autism. OAR depends upon public donations to continue its mission. So please consider making a pledge today.
Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure and any amount would be greatly appreciated.
If you do not feel comfortable with giving online you can MAIL donations to:
Organization for Autism Research (Please make sure you put my name in memo)
2000 North 14th Street, Suite 710