Will You Support Me In Running For Annie?

Me in last year's Marine Corps Marathon
Me in last year's Marine Corps Marathon

As you may know, the Marine Corps Marathon is coming up in October — October 25, to be exact. I plan to run in it again this year. I am excited! Last year I came very close to my goal (I finished at 4:13:58). This year I hope at least to beat last year’s time, with a stretch goal of cracking four hours.

As I did last year, I am once again running with the Organization for Autism Research charity team.

My friend, Annie Corr, has autism. Her parents, Nancy and Ed, have honored me by asking me to do very small things to support her once in a while. Little things like a drive to the caregiver’s, or staying over a few hours into the night when they need to be away. I have come to know Annie and she always makes me smile.

Donating to the Organization for Autism Research will help that organization make practical research available to the field, to improve the lives of all people with autism, like Annie.

If you are willing and interested, you can donate here at this page.

There is no lower limit. Last year friends and family helped me raise $1,770. Let’s beat that!!

I do understand that there are many causes. My cause may not be your cause. I understand that! So, please, do not feel any pressure with this. Simply give if you feel so moved.

If you are the head of an organization and interested in gift matching in return for sponsorship (you know, like if I wore a logo t-shirt during the race or something like that), please get in touch with me.

Published by

Brad Rourke

Executive editor of issue guides and program officer at the Kettering Foundation.

2 thoughts on “Will You Support Me In Running For Annie?”

  1. Very commendable, Brad! My family is also touched by autism; I have an autistic nephew who’s now 32 years old. Fortunately, his mother has fought for his rights from the day he was born, and he is one of the lucky ones. The long-range problem for autistic people is when their parents and grandparents can no longer care for them, or lack the resources to do so. My nephew’s grandmother is now 83 years old, and he will be devastated when she dies: not that any person won’t grieve when they lose a loved one, but he has relatively few people who truly “understand” him and are able to give him emotional support.

  2. Thank you for committing to this important cause, Brad. I have a nephew who has autism. The number of autistic children in this country is staggering. Fortunately, there are many committed people striving not only to find answers, but to help families cope and live with the challenges of autism. The Interactive Autism Network is one of many resources: http://www.ianproject.org/

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