Spartan Race Athlete Speaks for Autism!
On September 22, I will run the Spartan Race in support of Autism Speaks. I am writing this blog post to help raise awareness for Autism Speaks and to inspire other parents and loved ones who are touched by Autism to embrace new challenges.
Who am I?
Five years ago, I came to Canada with my young family and we soon after learned that our eldest son Yuni was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Type 1 Diabetes. My wife and I had to quickly cope with life in a new country as well as figuring out the best care for our son. We were also expecting our second child which was obviously very joyous for us; but we were also worried about the future.
The last years for us have been an emotional roller coaster. Recently, my wife and I were feeling discouraged and hopeless; it was especially difficult for us as young parents because we did not have any of our own parents to fall back on for support and comfort as we tried to navigate the waters how best to raise an autistic child, and do what is best for him.
It was during this period that my friend David invited me to run a Spartan Race. Spartan Races are very competitive endurance obstacles. I have found that the discipline, camaraderie, and sheer excitement of the Spartan Race provided me with a renewed sense of vigor and happiness. It also allowed me to approach my son's therapy with more patience, enthusiasm, and energy!
Although running a Spartan Race may seem like an activity that I am engaged in by myself, it has actually had a very uplifting effect on my whole family. My main motivation is that I want to be a positive example to my sons; so that they can see their father and other adults accomplish really amazing goals. Furthermore, my wife and kids have enjoyed the process of cheering me on, following my training, that this has turned into a family activity. I am happy to report that everyone in my family has been bitten by the “Spartan Bug”….my boys will run a junior Spartan Race and my wife is impatiently waiting for the Montreal Sprint Race.
How You Can Help
I am asking for your help in two ways.
By supporting my endeavour, we can help raise funds for towards the “Walk Now for Autism Speaks”. You may make a donation by clicking here.
Additionally, the event will also be broadcast on NBC sports, and the participants with the most votes will be profiled on TV. I believe that getting profiled on NBC would help bring a great deal of attention to Autism Speaks and towards our cause; and I am sincerely asking for as many of you as possible to please vote for me to be on TV and spread the word to your friends and family. You may vote for me by clicking here.
Thank you for considering voting for me and for supporting this initiative. By working together, we can help create a better future for all those afflicted with Autism and for their loved ones!
Loving Father and Spartan Race enthusiast
The Autism Speaks Canada blog features opinions from people throughout the autism community. Each blog represents the point of view of the author and does not necessarily reflect Autism Speaks Canada’s beliefs or point of view.