It is that time of year again.
Time to dust off your running shoes and join us in a fun morning of exercise and raising money for a good cause.
There are some really exciting things happening in the world of autism right now. I watched an interview the other night and researchers are now saying autism begins in the womb with the development of the brain. I don't know all the technical terms. but here it is in my dumbed down verstion: Typically developing kids have connections fully made as the brain develops. Autistic kids have gaps in those connections. (If you want the more intelligent version, click the link below.)
What does this mean?
It means, if they can start diagnosing sooner, babies can start getting therapies and help. Babies. It means, they are starting to look for signs of it at 6 months of age, rather than waiting until well into the toddler years. And early intervention makes all the difference for these kids!
So that being said, I know it is a lot to ask of you to give up your Saturday morning and your finances, but you are making a difference.
And if you can't make it or don't have the money?
Believe me, I understand a financial predicament. But I will ask you to do one other thing: If you're the praying type, pray for families dealing with autism. Pray for patience. Pray for guidance. Pray for understanding. Pray for good doctors. Pray for strength. Pray for their siblings who often get the short end of the stick. Pray for good therapists. Pray for progress. Pray for good moments and good days. And if you know someone going through it, give them a hug and let them know you're praying for them. Send them a funny quote. Take them out for a cup of coffee. Don't judge them when their child is screaming and they're not handling it the way you would. Just be there for them. I am so blessed because I have awesome friends who do this. Awesome friends.
And it makes an even bigger difference than running a 5k.
We love our Owen just the way he is.
And we love supporting a cause that can make his future even brighter.
Let me know if you have any problems with the link below for Owen's Pack.