For the second year, my family and I will join Temple University College of Public Health, the entire Eagles organization and thousands of others from the community in participating in the Eagles Autism Challenge. I decided to join CPH in this cause for many reasons, but one that is most dear to my heart.
Our nephew Leo was diagnosed with Trisomy 18 while my sister-in-law was pregnant. While trisomy 18 is not a form of autism, those that are diagnosed are often not supported from the medical community. They were, in fact, advised to terminate the pregnancy, stating Leo was "incompatible with life". I can assure you that my 3 year old nephew Leo is more compatible with life than most any child I've ever met. He is an inspiration and a true warrior with so much love to give. He gives our family more joy than we could have ever imagined. It was only this past year was Leo finally given options for medical care. I hope that there will be more organizations like Eagles Autism Challenge in the future that can raise money for Trisomy because the Eagles Autism Foundation is one of the reasons why there are resources for people with Autism.
This transformational event is committed to funding innovative autism research and care programs with the goal of advancing scientific breakthroughs. Every dollar of participant-raised funds will go directly towards the Eagles Autism Foundation, as together we take action for autism, not only in Philadelphia, but around the world. I hope you will consider making a donation towards my fundraising goal to help make a difference in the autism community. Thank you!