Welcome to the Race for Reed!
Please join me in my journey to honor one of the most bright and curious boys you may ever meet.
Reed Stephen is my oldest of two boys. In the summer of 2018, my wife Jennifer and I began to wonder if there was a name for all that goodness that makes him shine as bright as he does. After some discussion with his primary and some visits to very thoughtful and informative specialists, he was diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder).
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.
This will be my second time attempting a full marathon, but my first time doing it on behalf of Autism speaks. I’d be lying if I said it was my first race in honor of Reed or any of my family for that matter. Running to me has always been a solitary sport that you do for those that inspire you, motivate you and love you. I’m proud to run to honor Reed, my wife who shows me what it means to be a patient, considerate, and relentlessly empathetic caregiver, and my three other beautiful babies: Brynn, Frankie & Wallace.
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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