Friday, March 23, 2007

Walk For Autism Research

While visiting home last weekend, I found out that my nephew, John, who as Asperger's Syndrome, has taken control of my family and has recruited everyone to participate in Cumberland's Walk for Autism Research on Saturday, April 14th.

There are a few things that are interesting about all this:

1) Asperger's Syndrome is a form of autism that renders patients socially inept. So the fact that John approached the family with this idea is amazing in and of itself.

2) John cannot plan things out. He is 23 years old and on disability. Yet he has been able to focus long enough to create a web page for his walk, to give a name to his walking group, and to plan out how it will all proceed.

John only wants to raise $500. He's never been able to succeed at very much. So if he could not only meet his goal, but far surpass it, it would be a victory for John that he would remember for the rest of his life.

So I ask all of you who read my blog to make a donation to John's walk. It doesn't have to be much, but every $20 helps. More is even better. You can donate to John by clicking here.

Thanks for helping out.


  1. I don't know if you read Augusten Burroughs or not but his brother, who owns his own company has Apserger's Syndrome. He talks about it in Magical Thinking and Possible Side Effects.

  2. Dop - This is a great idea and I'm also very suprised at how much thought and planning he has put into this. How long does John have to raise the money?

  3. The Walk is on April 14th. So anything raised before then would be cool.

  4. My boyfriends nephew suffers from this as well. We did the walk here last year and had a very enjoyable time, I'm sure we'll do it again this year!

  5. It's good to see John get involved in something like this. I will be sure to donate some money to his team. Also, nice to see you over the weekend, sorry I only stopped by for a couple of minutes.