Resolve to Overcome the Challenges of Autism

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Almost Here

CJ’s Resolution Challenge is a mere two weeks away and I can hardly believe it!!!  Its really picked up momentum and I know its going to be a great event!  I’m excited to see all our runners and walkers and meet new friends.  We have several kiddos signed up for the Kids Revolutions, and I love that we’ll have some youth with us that day.  I didn’t know if anyone would be interested in the Last Man Standing Challenge and have been pleasantly surprised by the response to it!

I feel overwhelmed by the kindness of our donors.  Costs have been low thanks to their generosity.  Plus the Basket Raffle is shaping up to have some fabulous baskets!  You won’t want to miss your chance to take one home!  And let’s not forget the yummy eats we’re going to have.

It will be a great time.  Afterward, I invite you to give your feedback, either here or on our facebook page.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

A Concept Takes Shape

Have you ever had an idea that you just couldn’t shake?  That was the beginning of the Resolution Challenge.  Well, not exactly, I should back up.  First, I am the mother to two amazingly awesome, beautiful, clever, gentle-hearted, kind-spirited children, one of which just so happens to be autistic.  Second, I am a runner.  Off and on since 2007, but mostly off until the end of 2012 when I decided to register for my first marathon.  Ever since then running has been a part of my life almost on a daily basis.  I’ve always admired those who combine their passions to benefit the greater good, but I guess I never gave much thought to how I could do such a thing.  Enter my BFF, Crystal.  She is my networking guru and she connected me to a man named Sam Felsenfeld who also has a child with autism, is a runner, and has already done amazing things with those two passions.  Feel free to check out some of the things he’s accomplished here:

http://www.operationjack.org/marathon/?page_id=42

So Sam ran all these marathons (61 in one year!) and kinda sorta wanted to do it again but in a different way.  He’s recruiting 52 runners (one for each weekend of the year) to run a marathon as part of Operation Jack 2.0.  In a nutshell, these marathon recruits raise money for an autism charity of their choice and the foundation he founded will cover the recruits’ marathon registrations.  For more on that, check here:

http://www.operationjack.org/?page_id=2014

Great!  I can totally do that!  I could even just donate my own money…. but I think I could accomplish more.  So one day while out on a run (naturally) I thought, “Why don’t I organize my own event to raise money and awareness?”  I immediately thought that it would be too much, that it would be too hard, and tried to push the idea aside.  But then all these funny “coincidences” kept happening, connections to people in similar situations revealed, rekindled friendships with people in position to help, even just the right song on the radio at the perfect moment.  I couldn’t stop thinking about it.  It felt like things were being lined up and all I had to do was connect the dots.

So that leads me to the present and the creation of the Resolution Challenge.  An event to be held January 4, 2014 from 9am-12pm in R. B. Winter State Park, Mifflinburg, PA in which participants aim to complete as many laps of the 1.5 -ish mile course.  There is still much work to be done connecting the dots.  Your patience, support, and outreach will be much appreciated!

With much gratitude,

Janell