Joseph was diagnosed 8 years ago at the age of two. Each day brings something new. Something hard, something hopeful. A new challenge, new conquer. He is the hardest working 10 year old I know and we proudly walk with him on Sunday April 22nd not only to honor him, but to honor and support all children facing their challenges, telling their stories day by day.
If you are unable to walk with us, please donate and support the EJ Autism Foundation who supports us along with many families all across Long Island.
EJ Autism Foundation was set up in honor of our sons, Eric and Jack. Its mission is to increase public awareness and to provide funding for programs on Long Island that work directly with children on the Autism Spectrum. To read how EJ gives back, please visit us at: www.ejautismfoundation.org.
Autism affects 1 in every 68 births and is growing at a rate of 10-17% a year. It knows no social, racial, or ethnic boundaries. Children on the spectrum have significant developmental delays in the areas of social skills and communication. They have poor eye contact, lack functional and receptive language and prefer to play alone. Research dictates that the earlier a child is treated, the better the outcome. Treatment includes sensory integration, behavioral therapy and speech.
Proceeds and donations from this race will support Autism Awareness and benefit programs that work with children diagnosed with Autism here on Long Island.