Welcome to My Personal Page
Hi! My name is LenaMarie and I am supporter for Autism Speaks. I am sharing my story about running because it allows me to be an advocate for the Autism community.
I started my running journey back in September 2016 with my first 5k in Portland, Maine. The feelings that I got after the completion of the 5k were overwhelming, I wanted more. I felt pure elation, I felt nothing. I felt in a complete bliss. So, I set a goal for myself to run a half marathon. I completed that goal in July 2017. I ran my first half marathon in Portland, Maine also. The feelings that I got after the completion of the half marathon made me want to feel them even more than the 5k did. The feelings of pure elation did not compare to the feelings of pure elation after the 5k. So, again I decided to set a long-term goal of running a half marathon in all 50 states, so far, I have completed 6 out of the 50 states. However, that is not enough to satisfy my desire to feel pure elation again. I want to know how pure elation feels after the completion of a 3 races in a span of 3 days. I researched many different race challenges; the one that stuck out to me the most was the Disney Princess Challenge 2021 for two reasons; I ran the Disney Half marathon in 2019 at 11 weeks pregnant and my son will be doing his first 100m dash there AND to support AutismSpeaks and the community.
Now you are probably thinking why I chose to support Autism Speaks out of all the charities, well I chose to support the charity for many reasons. I worked with the autism community for about 3 years now. I enjoy being in their presences and making a difference in their lives, even if it is just getting them to smile. Not only do I help the individual, but I help their family also. As a BHP, this organization is incredibly important to me. Whether it be teaching these special individuals in their homes or communities, working with them one on one or with their siblings, or simply greeting their vibrant personalities when they see me, individuals with autism have touched my life in more ways than I could ever write. Working with children with special needs has taught me very important life lessons, some of which include the value of compassion and empathy. Most of all, I have learned to appreciate the little things in life. The individuals that I help are a constant reminder that just because you’re different, doesn’t mean you can’t shine bright. The families that I help are a constant reminder that we as humans have the ability to preserve through struggles and still be able to come out on top.
Running the marathon will not only help give the cause money, but it will help raise awareness for those with Autism.
So please consider donating to this cause. People who do not have a voice need us as a voice.
Thank you for helping me reach my goal. Your support is greatly appreciated.
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