126.2 FOR TACA
We are a group of runners who want to make a difference in our community one step at a time. As a group we are very diverse, but we all share a common passion for running and we all hope that through running we can make a difference in someone's life. The Museum of Aviation Marathon will be taking place in Warner Robins, GA on January, 19th.
We will be starting our race (run) 24 hours earlier in Atlanta. The distance from Atlanta to the finish of the marathon is 126.2 miles. We invite all runners to join us, regardless of the distance you choose to run, as we will need all the support we can get. So, whether you want to run the full distance, pace us for part of it, or only run the marathon we encourage you to join us. If you don't want to run at all you can also help by simply donating to the cause.
We plan to donate $1 per mile to TACA and we hope that others will make this same pledge. No donation or pledge is too big or too small. All runners will receive a "126.2" decal for their efforts and anyone who finishes distances of 100 or 126.2 will receive a special finishers award (and also a finishers award for running the marathon). From experiences shared with me I know that TACA truly makes a difference in the lives of those effected by Autism. With the money we raise we hope to help TACA continue their efforts in helping families in need. We are truly grateful for your pledge and willingness to help and support our community.
Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) is a national non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to educating, empowering and supporting families affected by autism. For families who have just received the autism diagnosis, TACA aims to speed up the cycle time from the autism diagnosis to effective treatments. TACA helps to strengthen the autism community by connecting families and the professionals who can help them, allowing them to share stories and information to help improve the quality of life for people with autism.
What is Autism? What are its common traits?
Autism is a devastating neurological and biological disorder that is typically diagnosed in children between the ages of 18 months to five years of age. It is estimated there are over 1 million people in the United States alone with autism. Autism affects each individual differently and at different levels of severity. Some people with autism are severely affected, cannot speak, require constant one-on-one care, and are never able to live independently. While others who have less severe symptoms, can communicate, and eventually acquire the necessary skills to live on their own.
•One in every 88 children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with autism.
•Autism is a life-long disability for many affected individuals
•Autism affects each individual uniquely
•Some people affected with autism will require life-long care at the cost of $5 to $7 million dollars.
•Some children who receive an early diagnosis, intense behavioral intervention, medical treatment, and speech therapy will lead typical lives. Not all people diagnosed with autism receive such an early diagnosis or enjoy this outcome.