Elena's 5K Disney Run for Autism Speaks!
For those of you who may not know me personally, my name is Elena. I am currently a first-year college student studying in Maine. When I'm not working diligently towards having a stellar grade point average, I take a little time each day to get to the gym. Leading a healthy and active lifestyle has been a huge part of shaping me into the person I am today. I can now pride myself on my relentless drive to accomplish what I set my mind to and to motivate those around me to do the same. All this, paired with my life-long obsession with Disney, has led me to taking on the challenge of my first ever 5K race at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida next January!
I stumbled across the opportunity to race for a charity whilst figuring out my registration plan and fell in love with the idea. Not only would I be getting to be back in one of my favorite places on this Earth to meet a personal goal, but I would getting the chance to make a substantial contribution to a good cause. Autism Speaks helps those whose lives are affected by autism by raising awareness to its impact, providing support to those on the autism spectrum and their families, and fueling research efforts to find causes and better treatments. With an estimation of 1 in 59 U.S. children being afflicted by some severity of this disorder, its importance is clear.
To do this act of kindness for Autism Speaks, though, I need your help. I have pledged to raise $500 for this organization, some of which I have already chipped away at with my own personal funds. 3 months stand between us and the goal I have set forth. I have little doubt that the kindness of the friends, family, and community I have come to know will be able to meet this target by joining together. The idea of uniting so many of you, whom I have found in so many different walks of life, for the purpose of doing something great for the world warms my heart, and I hope that you feel the same. Thank you, in any case, for taking the time to look over this grand opportunity to make a difference in the future of this cause.
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