I'm running the NYC Marathon for Autism Speaks!
Sheri Miltenberger / Double the Adventure
Will you please support my fundraising efforts?
My family created our walk Team, Double the Adventure, in honor of my twins, James & Thomas, who both have autism. When we started, James was also in treatment for leukemia. Thankfully, he has survived cancer, but both will live with autism their whole lives.
Our team has participated in the Autism Speaks Walks in the Lehigh Valley for over a decade and this year, I am excited to take DTA to the Big Apple again for the 50th running of the NYC Marathon! I ran it last year and had a great time and this year, my son Dan is going to join me! (I wrote about last year's adventure on my website: www.skiserendipity.com.)
The twins are now 22 and have finished school. Tom has continued at Mercy, in their over 21 program, and seems to like it. (Dan built benches for the playground for his Eagle Scout project, and they were very well received!) James splits his time between a community-based program, CARES, and working at a packaging facility. Once a week during the winter, he comes to Blue with me to ski with Special Olympics. When he's finished, he takes his feather duster around the lodge and cleans. Ah, James.
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates 1 in 59 children is on the autism spectrum.
Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. They empower people with autism and their families with resources, online tools and information covering the life span.
Autism Speaks enhances lives today and is accelerating a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow.
Thank you for helping me reach my goal. Your support is greatly appreciated!
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