When our son, Alexander, was diagnosed with Autism we knew it would be a part of our family's life. And every day we watch him try to do the things we all take for granted- have a conversation, go to school, learn how to adjust to new settings, make new friends. We have seen him grow so much, shown us how strong he can be. We want to see that success continue in school and as an adult. That is why our family will be running as part of the Run for Autism team- to help fund research done by The Organization for Autism Research. OAR is dedicated in 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 was planning to run over 12 races this year for OAR but my injury in March changed that for me. Through hard work and perserverance I am back in action and ran the Philly Rock and Roll Half Marathon with a PR of 1:49! Shane has come home from overseas and did a great job leading the Regiment at the Broad Street Run 10 Miler in May and Tough Mudder (12 miles, lots of crazy obstacles!) in June. And there is our runner girl, Charlotte, who has already ran 5 (yes 5!) races this year for the team.
So as you can see our whole family is involved in our efforts this year. For our final race the Reilly Regiment will be back to our hometown of Philly for Marathon weekend! Charlotte and Alexander will BOTH be running the kids' race this year. And Shane will be running the Half marathon and my goal is to run the FULL 26.2 miles. That's right, Shane will be on the course with me for the first 13.1 miles! Together we will proudly wear our OAR singlets to make a difference to those wonderful individuals on the Autism Spectrum. And we will have other warrior parents running along with us as well. Every mile we run will fund so many wonderful programs provided by the Organization for Autism Research.
Please consider a donation to help honor kids like Alexander and the families that do so much to see them succeed. Because together we can find the puzzle pieces and what a beautiful picture we will see.
Thank you for all your support and love. We could not have done so much without all of you.
"Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: You don't give up." Anne Lamont