New for 2018! We’ll be featuring a blog sharing news about our RUN FOR AUTISM team once a month.
Libby Fink, a RUN FOR AUTISM alum originally found out about the Organization for Autism Research (OAR) at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon while running for Autism Speaks. Libby struck up a conversation with OAR Staff at the race and remembers thinking, “I felt so amazing talking to your reps I knew I had to run for you.”
Six years later Libby has run the William Bjorklund Half Marathon, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon three times and the Chicago Marathon five times all for OAR. She finds strength to keep running in support of OAR for her kids, both with autism and without. Libby has been an honorary speaker at the RUN FOR AUTISM Chicago Marathon team runners’ recognition dinner twice, in 2014 and 2017. Her story inspires and motivates the RUN FOR AUTISM team to tackle both life and running challenges.
When Libby isn’t running she still finds a way to support OAR. Sporting her RUN FOR AUTISM gear around town and at different races, Libby helps raise awareness and educate new runners about OAR. Libby has recognized and met many fellow RUN FOR AUTISM team members all over the country wearing RUN FOR AUTISM attire, which makes for an immediate friendship; “I love the family feeling I get when I’m around my fellow Oarathoners and the staff at OAR. It’s an overwhelming feeling of acceptance and inspiration.”
When asked what being part of the RUN FOR AUTISM team means to you and your family, Libby responded from the heart – “It truly has meant so much to me and all my family. Being part of something like this makes us feel less alone and more than accepted. Being a part of the OAR family has been such a blessing. Never have I felt so comfortable around people I’ve never met. These Oarathoners are a group like no other. They exude love, acceptance, and understanding something every autism parent longs to feel.”
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