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.
|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"|