For the past two years I’ve had the pleasure of being a part of the “Race for Autism” superhero fun run. This year I had a cast on my leg (broken fibula) so I couldn’t run but I emceed. My station San Diego 6 News is a proud sponsor. It was really exhilarating as I tried to pump up and count down the crowd of hundreds of people as they set off to race. And the KIDS, oh my GOODNESS, the KIDS! Their smiles were the most glorious sight of all. I was able to witness several children with autism feel the joy of crossing a finish line and I can’t tell you how emotional it is. They were able to feel their freedom and I’ll always remember one boy who was getting closer to the finish line and was on the phone with his mom yelling “Mom. I’m doing it! I’m doing it!” Not a dry eye near him as we heard him scream with pride in his own accomplishment.
These families have had to endure so much as they try to provide a joyful life for their children. So getting together means the world to many of them. They are not going through any of it alone and autism is becoming more and more understood and accepted. There are many ways to help and donating to the race is one of them: http://www.raceforautism.org/