Thank you for visiting my Personal Fundraising Page. Many of you know that I have run the Chicago Marathon from 2005-2009 and then the Marine Corps Marathon in 2010. Thanks to the help of our family and friends, we have raised over $40,000 for OAR. That is amazing. I am personally grateful to those who gave. The outpouring of support and prayers was (and still is) overwhelming. So thanks. It really helps to have wonderful people alongside you, both in a marathon and in life. I know that the struggles of running a marathon pales by comparison to those who live with autism everyday. Autism is a disease that affects the communication and social systems of 1 out of every 110 children born today. These numbers are getting worse every year. Our dear little one is not alone. Parenting Chloë is both a wonderful blessing from our Maker, and a difficult challenge. The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) works to help families through these challenges. The essence of OAR's mission is to provide practical answers to parents, teachers, and caregivers through applied research, not just theories. They develop research that examines the effectiveness of current treatments and methods as well as exploring new techniques. OAR funds studies that offer new insight to individuals and families that are affected by autism. This information will help families and educators with the decisions and challenges they face everyday. The focus of this organization is in the now, with an eye on how these autistic persons will be able to live and function though adulthood.
We have begun preparations for the Chloe K RUN/ROCK/RIDE 2011 Event. Please continue to support us with your prayers. Each year our hometown event has grown and grown. I am blessed to have a wonderful organizer in my wife Susie and in the staff at OAR. (Thanks Lily and Mike!) Please pray that our fundraising and especially the CK5K RRR will go well again this year. Our drive to do this comes from the love and commitment we have to the service of our LORD JESUS CHRIST. We believe that serving those persons and families whose lives have been affected by autism is in harmony with the teachings of Jesus. He said, "Whatever you do to the least of these, you have done to me." We don't serve alone however. We could never do it without the help and support of those whose lives have been touched by our precious Chloe K. Thank you for visiting my Personal Fundraising Page. Donating through this site is simple, fast, tax deductible and totally secure. Many thanks for your support -- and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too! If you would rather donate by check, make checks payable to OAR and put "Jeff Rayburn" in the memo. Then email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will figure out the best way to get it from you. VISIT MY WEBSITE PERIODICALLY, STAY UP TO DATE WITH Facebook (check the events page). http://www.jeffrayburn.com
Hope to see you on May 21, 2011 for the biggest Chloë K yet. Susie has set a personal goal of 500 participants. This is possible if you help us get the word out!