I am running the Marine Corp Marathon to support my little buddy, Chase Cooper and other children diagnosed with autism. This beautiful story, as outlined by his beautiful mother, highlights the need to make progress on this diagnosis. Let's raise some funds to make life easier for these amazing children!
"From the beginning Chase was special. Born at only 4.5 pounds full
term, he was a fighter. He met every early milestone with a smile, a
coo, a kiss, and a celebration. Chase had a smile and wave for
everyone on the street and sang songs in his crib until he fell
asleep. He was curious yet cautious, affectionate yet independent.
Friends and family used to rave about how sweet and smart Chase was,
and how he could play on his own for hours. "You are so lucky" they
would say...but a mother knows.
When Chase was between 18 months and 2 years, and started repeating
everything people said instead of speaking independent thoughts I was
reassured by friends, family and pediatricians that this is how they
learn and boys develop language slower. "What a cute little parrot
you have" they would say. But a mother knows...
When Chase stopped answering to his name, and would sit by himself,
singing the same song over and over not wanting to look you in the
eye, I was told how wonderful it is that he can entertain himself.
"He'll be a singer" they would say. But a mother knows...
When Chase didn't want to walk on his whole foot, flapped his hands
when he was excited, cried when the wind was in his hair, and cowered
from the sounds of planes, helicopters, and vacuums I was reassured he
would grow out of it. "It's normal" they would say. But a mother
I spent countless nights lying awake with Dr. Google, palms sweating,
mind racing, and reading the signs of autism. Does he struggle to
understand people's feelings? Yes. Does he perform repetitive
behaviors like hand flapping,
spinning or rocking? Yes. Have you ever wondered if your child has a
hearing problem because he isn't responding? Yes. Does he repeat
words or phrases that are said without independent thought? Yes.
Does he prefer to play alone? Yes. Does he have unusual or intense
reactions to various sounds, smells, tastes etc.? Yes. Does he like
to only play with one particular toy or group of toys? Yes...I knew in
my heart my
boy was special...because a mother always knows.
It took us nearly 3 years to have Chase evaluated and diagnosed with
Autism, and even then, friends and family promised the diagnosis was
wrong. "He'll grow out of it" our family said. A second opinion by
one of the best in New York City confirmed the diagnosis and still it
was hard to believe. But I knew...because a mother knows.
Chase undergoes intensive occupational, speech and
behavioral therapies since his diagnosis. These therapies cost
families upwards of $60,000 a year and many times these costs are not
covered by standard health insurance policies. Without these
therapies we would not know our special boy. The world would not have
Chase's smiles, or his "I love you's," his stories, or his wisdom.
Every day raising a child with autism is a chance to improve their
world and allow them to improve ours but it is also a challenge and
struggle that costs countless hours and dollars. Autism is not a
disease and there is no cure. Nearly 1 in every 68 children and 1
in every 42 boys are affected by Autism in the U.S. Together we can
change the lives of many children and help their families see their
Please consider contributing to raise funds and awareness for Autism
research and therapies."
- Jamie B. Cooper
|YaYa and Martin Hillion||10/23/2017||$50.00||FaceTiming with you while you ran for Chase was the highlight of my weekend. I adore you, thank you so much for doing this.||Lesley Reynolds||10/22/2017||$100.00||❤️||Karin Romans||10/21/2017||$10.00||Tracey Paulsen||10/21/2017||$100.00||Krissy Blackwood I love you with all my heart. Nothing makes me happier than running by your side for Chase Cooper ❤️❤️||Wendy Tarlow||10/21/2017||$100.00||Lindsay Weinstein||10/21/2017||$100.00||Love you Coops ❤️❤️. Run like the wind Tracey and Krissy ❤️❤️||Kerry Beck||10/19/2017||$100.00||Cheering all the way for you strong ladies!||Sally Schettino||10/18/2017||$50.00||What an amazing act of LOVE, Krissy. Best of luck in the race!||Jeff Thomas||10/17/2017||$25.00||Best of luck to both of you. I will be running Marine Corps too...#JeffTRunner||Malia and Dave Herman||10/16/2017||$100.00||Love and speed to Krissy!! Love and hugs to Jamie and your sweet boy!! Couldn't be prouder to support you two awesome mommas. Honored to know you both. Can't wait for our next race together.||Ben Schirmer||10/16/2017||$50.00||Krissy, your heart and compassion are an inspiration. Have a great run!!||Anonymous Friend||10/13/2017||$25.00||Shari & Jason Rosenberg||09/07/2017||$100.00||So proud of you and all your accomplishments. You will crush this race like all the others.||Nadine Hom||08/28/2017||$50.00||Chase has the best Mama!||Robert and Joyce Bartolomeo||08/27/2017||$200.00||There is no way to measure the love we have for Chase. Great job Jamie and Adam!||Charles McGivney||08/18/2017||$100.00||We love and support Chase! - Chuck and Randi||Ivan Stockman||08/18/2017||$25.00||Great job Jamie. Our best to Chase he is such a sweetie.love to all. Sue and Ivan||Christine Kennedy||08/16/2017||$50.00||You guys are AMAZING!!!||Christina Scott||08/13/2017||$25.00||Erika Bruno||08/12/2017||$100.00||Love you❤️||Patti Burshtyn||08/12/2017||$100.00||Helen Scott||08/11/2017||$100.00||Good luck Krissy!!!!! What an incredible cause and an amazing little boy raised by the strongest mama I know. So much love for Krissy and JBC||Jordan Grapel||08/11/2017||$50.00||Hoping to fund breakthroughs is autism research.||Chris Gallant||08/11/2017||$88.00||Melissa Reichner||08/11/2017||$30.00||For chase!||Kerry Beck||08/11/2017||$60.00||Cheering you and Chase on! Lots of love!||Stacy Hitsky||08/11/2017||$50.00||For Chase - the most adorable little guy - and his awesome family.||Kari Comas||08/11/2017||$20.00||Thomas Bartolomeo||08/11/2017||$50.00||Michelle Grady||08/11/2017||$50.00||Katie Beroset||08/11/2017||$25.00||Jill & Stan Cooper||08/11/2017||$100.00||For our very special little grandson! Ama and papa love you sooo much!!||Rachel Wollam||08/11/2017||$50.00||Mary Kiedrowski||08/10/2017||$50.00||Go Krissy! Much love to you, #JBCoop, and, of course, Chase. Thank you for sharing his story with us! #MaryK #6amtribe||Kris Tanji||08/10/2017||$50.00||Hands on your back JBCoop!!||Colleen Kayser||08/10/2017||$50.00||Run strong!!||Loren & Jason Cooper||08/10/2017||$100.00||We love you SO much Chase :)||Sam Cooper||08/10/2017||$50.00||Chase - you make us proud every day, love you!||Alexa Cooper||08/10/2017||$20.00||Chase - I love you so much and you are such a great, cute, lovable, fun cousin!||Penny Haesloop||08/10/2017||$40.00||I love you||Julie Evans||08/10/2017||$50.00||Morgan Harris||08/10/2017||$100.00||Love you all!||Shannon Allen||08/10/2017||$50.00||Jamie, you are AMAZING!! Chase (and Elle) are so lucky to have you as their strong mama!!! Keep up the great work!!!||Heather Kaden||08/10/2017||$25.00||Darlene Murphy||08/10/2017||$50.00||Ryan Bathie||08/10/2017||$100.00||Shirley Bitton||08/10/2017||$50.00||For Chase ❤️||Kim Gerlach||08/10/2017||$50.00||Jamie, you are the best momma Chase could have. We love Chase, his big smile, hug and love for live. Nyah is lucky to have him as her buddy!||Dotti Lupariello||08/10/2017||$50.00||Go get em, Krissy! My favorite marathon!||Meredith Haley||08/10/2017||$50.00||To the friendliest boy I know!||Ries Barker||08/10/2017||$50.00||Your story is so moving Jamie and you are such an amazing mom to Chase. Thank you for dedicating your run Krissy!!!||Kristen Arlt||08/10/2017||$25.00||Much love from #alohakristen||Kristen Kolek||08/10/2017||$50.00||For Chase ❤️ For JBCoop ❤️ For Krissy|