Melissa Dekker's Fundraising Page
Organization for Autism Research
Melissa Dekker's Fundraising Page
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My sons have inspired me to run my first marathon. My boys, Brenden (will be 7 in May) and Sean (4) were both diagnosed with Autism at age 3. It was a struggle to cope with the diagnosis, help family and friends understand their diagnosis, and get them set up with services to suit their needs, helping them transition from Early Intervention to the Elementary school system. We have been so blessed to meet many incredible people along the way and a group of professionals that have been so invested to help my boys make the progress that they have made.  My friend Beth and I are running in the 2017 Marine Corp Marathon with the Organization for Autism Research Team. What makes this organization different from others is the focus on research. The information the studies provide have meaning in the daily lives of people with Autism and their families and caregivers by addressing issues such as education, parent - teacher training, communication, self care, social skills, employment, behavior and adult and community issues in an effort to change lives and improve quality of life. 87% of funds raised go directly to research and services for families!!! . I am running to increase Autism acceptance and raise money to help other families access services that my sons have been so fortunate to receive.

ABOUT 2017 Marine Corps Marathon
Supporters
Name Date Amount Comments
Cheryl & Walter Park 09/24/2017 $25.00  
Romina Ford 09/23/2017 $25.00 You're doing awesome with your training and supporting this great cause! Wishing you the best!
Courteney Blais 09/23/2017 $25.00  
Debbie Stolgitis 09/23/2017 $25.00 You are an inspiration to everyone who knows you. Love you!! Good luck to you both!
Leah Gaspar 09/17/2017 $25.00 You are beyond inspiring!!! Good luck with your race, you've trained so hard and have been amazing to watch accomplish this huge goal!
Annie Charrette 08/22/2017 $50.00  
Kimberly Nelson 08/21/2017 $60.00 You Go Girl!!! XO
Kim Cormier 08/21/2017 $25.00  
Leslie Kalinowski 08/20/2017 $20.00 Good luck with your run!
Chrissy Cawley 08/20/2017 $25.00 All I can say is Wow! You are amazing!
Stacy Courtney 06/20/2017 $25.00 Good luck buddy!!
Erin Remillard 06/19/2017 $50.00  
Kathy Foley 05/13/2017 $25.00 Goodluck with the race Melissa!
Anonymous Friend 05/13/2017 $20.00  
Kate Mullaney 05/11/2017 $25.00  
Liliana Perrone 05/06/2017 $25.00 So proud of you!!
Liliana Perrone 05/06/2017 $25.00 Good luck, Melissa!!
Garie Morgenstern 05/02/2017 $75.00 Have a safe run Melissa! You have two wonderful boys who deserve the best. Advances in research will help facilitate better educational programs hopefully!
Michelle Abdelnour 04/30/2017 $25.00 Good luck!
Christine Duquette 04/23/2017 $25.00  
Maria Pappas 04/22/2017 $50.00 I LOVE RESEARCH!!!
Mary Stinchfield 04/22/2017 $25.00  
Kathleen Mitchell 04/22/2017 $50.00  
Lauren Freeman 04/22/2017 $25.00 Have a great race, Melissa!
Peter Tervo 04/18/2017 $25.00  
Lisa Kaiser 04/17/2017 $50.00  
Colleen Dowd 04/17/2017 $100.00  
Mary Vaugh 04/17/2017 $50.00  
Mary Maguire 04/17/2017 $100.00  
Zach O'leary 04/15/2017 $50.00  
Lance Harris 04/15/2017 $50.00 Love "alllllll my bishes"
  Total $1,200.00  
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