I'm getting "Dopey" for Autism Awareness
Join me in my efforts to support Autism Speaks!
I am raising funds to support a cause that is important to me while accomplishing a personal goal.
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.
While the above is a pre-written message from the website on which I am registered to run the race, I feel obliged to put in my own bit. This goal to run this race, along with running many others, is a personal goal that puts my lungs to the test. I use running as a coping mechanism to help me deal with the heartbreak of my medical separation from the US Air Force. I loved being an Airman and I will forever miss my service. I was unfortunately discharged after 7 years due to being diagnosed with Asthma. I have always - and will always - felt I could perform physical activities that test my abilities beyond that of the average person. This disorder limited my ability to continue serving solely due to the risk I pose to the Air Force. While I understand, I don't like it. So, I will run. I will keep running. I will push far beyond the limits that I should to prove to myself that Asthma will NOT stop me from accomplishing anything I want to do. I struggle every day with this reality I face, but I was born to press on. I have always embraced the Airman's Creed, and I will continue to until after I have taken my last breath. I will never falter, and I WILL NOT FAIL!
Thank you for helping me reach my goal. Your support is greatly appreciated!
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