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Talk About Aching Calves for "Talk About Curing Autism"

An amazing group of runners will run 126.2 mile, two day event to raise autism awareness for autism. One of their steps in this 126.2 mile journey will be for my child.


This Friday, Jan. 18, at 4 a.m., an amazing group of runners will start from Turner Field in downtown Atlanta on a 126.2 mile, two day journey to raise autism awareness and money for Talk About Curing Autism (TACA). You read that right, 126.2 MILES! So as you are eating breakfast, lunch or even dinner on Friday think about this group of runners spending their day running 126.2 miles to make a difference for families living with autism. One of their steps in this 126.2-mile journey will be for my child and one will be for each of yours. 

I consider anyone willing to run 126.2 miles to bring awareness and money to a cause pretty amazing (especially if the cause is autism and the organization is TACA). What makes this story even more inspiring is that none of these runners have a personal connection to autism. They do not have a child with autism or even a brother or sister with autism. They are a group of runners that saw TACA doing good things in their community so they decided to use something they love (running!) to make a difference in the lives of others. They brainstormed an idea, mapped out a course, and set up a fundraising page. Quickly, “126.2 Miles for Autism” was in full swing and their work to make a difference for families living with autism had started one step at a time.

Here is a quote on the TACA website from Lisa Ackerman, TACA Founder that is clearly appropriate for this story. 

"The autism journey is not an easy one. It’s a marathon, not a sprint; so take each minute, hour, or day, one at a time. It will be difficult, but it will also be incredibly rewarding, because it will change your life, your family’s life, and most importantly, the lives of your children with autism to all enjoy a brighter future.”    

Help us show our thanks for this inspiring effort by “liking” their 126.2 Mile for
TACA Facebook page, www.facebook.com/126.2MilesforTACA and leaving a note of thanks. To make a donation in support of “126.2 Miles for TACA” go to http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/126fortaca/Run4TACA.

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Christi O'Neal January 15, 2013 at 02:05 PM
These are amazing people! How inspiring on so many levels! Thanks from the Autism community! Christi O'Neal
Janice Kern January 15, 2013 at 02:50 PM
Thank you for finding a charity to support and many thanks for supporting TACA. We are a family living with autism that has been helped by TACA for several years. I don't know where we'd be without TACA and I don't know where TACA would be without people like you spreading the word and raising money to help TACA's programs reach more families. We are a family of six. Instead of taking one step for our son, how about an entire mile for us?? We're greedy. In fact, how about mile 6? Mile 6 for the Kern Family. We are cheering you on.
Karen White January 15, 2013 at 03:22 PM
I'm truly touched by your commitment to help the Autism Community and TACA, an organization that gives back to so many families living with autism. You guys and gals ROCK!! We will be cheering you on!!
Srini January 15, 2013 at 05:45 PM
Driving the same 120 miles takes me 2.5 hrs and I am exhausted once I get there. This team is actually running the distance, that is quite a commitment !!, for a very worthy cause. Thank you for helping the TACA families and for raising the awareness of Autism.
Janelle January 15, 2013 at 07:55 PM
Thank you so much! My family has been touched by autism. Healing a child with autism is daily work and yet can have amazing joy when you see your child progress. TACA is an incredible group committed to those people who are healing their children everyday. We appreciate your commitment to TACA by undertaking such an awesome event as running 126.2 miles! I've run a marathon, but couldn't imagine adding 100 more miles to that! Thank you! You're all amazing!
yvonne mary benjamin January 20, 2013 at 09:47 PM
A friend of my who as 4 children an 2 of them have autism how she as cope.s i don.t her older child is 30 an he as autism an he's great but as problems but she hand him great an her middle child allso has it an he's more on the go i see her having a lot to just to get the day through but they are so Brit an happy i love spending time with them my hart go.s out to any parent that had these gifted children an thank to people like you that give the help to parents with these children
andy May 11, 2013 at 04:14 PM
An amazing event...I'd like to be part of it next year!

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