Dear Friends & Family,
Next Tuesday, on July 4th, I will be running the Autism Speaks 5K in honor of my cousin, William. Actually, who are we kidding? I will be racing for first place; we all know how competitive I am ;)
I humbly ask that you consider supporting me in this effort by contributing towards Austim Speaks. For those that don't know, William has autism. He is also without question the biggest inspiration in my life. On the surface William is different, but when you get the chance to know him, you realize he's much like your "regular" teenager. He strives for and earns straight-As in the classroom, revels in the company of friends and family (and the ladies), and - much to his mother's dismay - enjoys a crude sense of humor.
William recognizes his limitations, but he refuses to let them dictate his life. He inspires me to disregard my own shortcomings, and to view challenges as opportunities, not as deterrents. He pushes me to reconsider what is possible. Because of William, I attack each day with a "why not?" mentality (shout out to my favorite NBA player, Russell Westbrook). His presence in my life is invaluable.
I truly hope that one day you have the opportunity to meet and spend time with William. Perhaps he will have the same impact on you.
Thank you for supporting Autism Speaks. Your contribution is greatly appreciated.
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