Your donation will support autism research at Children's Hospital Colorado. Thank you so very much for supporting my participation in the Carbon Valley Half Marathon with a gift to the hospital.
As a mother of two children, 15 & 17, I feel so very blessed that they both have grown up happy, healthy, strong & affectionate. As I look around my world, I see other mothers, some my very close friends, with heartbreaking challenges they never dreamed of. Having begun the parenting journey with the same hopes & dreams for their children as I, they now struggle with the fact that one day, almost overnight in some cases, their children are different. Their behaviors shifted from socially communicative to exhibiting delayed speech, awkward mannerisms and lack of interest in others and no eye contact even with their own mother.
These parents must not only deal with the issues around raising a child they don't always understand, they must also be an advocate for their child & deal with the prejudices & ignorance of others. A general lack of understanding of this complex disorder causes some people to discriminate and often unintentionally be hurtful with their words & reactions.
A parent asks oneself, "Did I do something wrong?" "Was it medication, vaccines, diet?" "Is it hereditary?" All valid questions with so far, no real answers. This condition requires more research to determine the causes of autism & hopefully a way to prevent it all together. That is why we choose to champion behind the cause of Autism Research. We intend to raise money to help the children & parents of autism, and search for a cure to the condition. Please help us with this worthy cause. The funds we raise will go to the Autism Treatment Network through Children's Hospital Colorado Foundation. You can join our team & raise funds or contribute at http://teamchildrenscolorado.kintera.org/cvhmforautism
Brenda Ridgley Mike Sindelar
CV Half Marathon Race Director & Co-founder Course Director & Co-founder
Making Strides to Prevent Autism
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