Our son Liam was diagnosed with autism at 20 months old. In the months since we have been working to get him the services and therapy he needs to continue to grow in to the special child we know he is. We know there will be many struggles ahead but we are ready to face them one step at a time. We look forward to walking and running for a great foundation on the island to support this cause. Thank you for any donation you could make, it would mean so much to us!
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.