My First Marathon is New York!
Start spreading the news...
I'm running this year...
I want to be a part of it ...
New York! New York!
Please join me in my efforts to support Autism Speaks!
I am so excited to be running the New York City Marathon November 1, but nervous, too. 26.2 miles is a long way! I am running in honor of my brothers, Tom and James, who both have autism. James is also a leukemia survivor, and will have his 10th anniversary of being cancer-free in May 2020.
The twins are now 22 years old and have finished school. Tom stayed at Mercy, in their over 21 program, and James splits his time between APS, a packaging workshop and CARES, a community based program. They both still live at home and will continue to do so for the immediate future.
I am a junior in high school and am looking at schools to pursue an engineering degree. I've been working at Blue Mountain as a ski instructor for the last 4 years and am almost an Eagle Scout! I finished my project, which was building benches at Mercy, and have just a little more to do before my birthday in July.
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!
If you think this page contains objectionable content, please inform the system administrator.