My life is chaos. That kind of comes with the territory when you have 4 neurotypical kids. Not just “what do you MEAN you can’t find your shoes?!” chaos, though there is that, too. More like “‘Kick in the crotch’ is NOT A GAME WE PLAY!” kind of chaos. Add a 6’2” 200 lbs man-child with autism and we have to have conversations that start, “you cannot freak out here because there are police, who might not understand that you have autism.”
That said, my life would be vastly more difficult without the Center. Before joining I had not been to an entire Christmas party since before my oldest was born. He couldn’t handle it. It was embarrassing and frustrating to go to the movies. There was a good five years where we just didn’t go. My son’s siblings struggled to deal with his atypical behavior and his quirks, sometimes feeling like we, as parents, spent all our time and attention on him. The Center changed all that. The programs, like the Christmas party, school vacation movie trips, and sib shop have quite literally changed our lives; this is just a tiny sample of what the Center has done for us and what it can do for you. But to do that we all need to step up. The 5K and Walk is the biggest single fundraising event that the Center runs throughout the year and we need your help to make it a success. We need your money and we need your time. Please, for the sake of the parents whose child swore in Santa’s face this year, or was asked to leave a movie theater because their child was repeating every line in a loud voice, donate, fund raise, and volunteer this year. Thank you.
Patrick McDonald – 5K Walk Chair
As I sit here and think about our upcoming event, Autism Resource Central’s Superhero 5K Run/Walk, I ask myself why do I put myself in this predicament each year? As a parent of a child on the spectrum, life certainly hands us a lot of ups and downs. The one staple that has been tried and true is the Center. They have offered support in so many ways. They are the ear to listen when life just seems unfair as many there have been through it also. They are the guide that points you in the right direction when support is needed. They are there for the siblings, to help guide them through this crazy world of autism. I could not say how appreciative I am for the Center. Which brings me to my why, why do I volunteer my time to help? As one of the biggest events it is important to help get this off the ground. Every little bit of help counts, this is my night out once a month. I started running the 5K six years ago, as I was starting to learn more about the Center. I’ve run the race every year since and took on being the Run Chair 3 years ago, it was a no brainer for me to help this amazing organization. They have helped me and my family in more ways than I could ever count. From getting easier exercise for my son Noah, to going to Railers games and just helping every family that comes in and needs it. This place truly has been a blessing for my family and giving back is a way to show my appreciation. Here’s to a great Superhero 5K Run/Walk, Autism Avengers Assemble !
Heidi Marlboro – 5K Run Chair