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Hello, my name is Chris Rouw and I am a parent of two children who have autism.  Our twins, who are now 8, were diagnosed with autism at 22 months old.  This October 18th I will be running the Des Moines Marathon to raise money for autism research.  This will be my fifth marathon and my third marathon I have run doing a fundraiser.  I will be raising money for the Autism Research Institute.  Here is some background on why I have chosen this organization for my fundraiser.
 Chris in the 2000 Chicago Marathon

Our family's journey over the last 6 1/2 years has been a tremendous and challenging one.  Like all families who live with autism we have had many ups and downs.  We also have had the opportunity to meet so many great people who are dedicated to helping kids with autism. 

Back in 2005 we decided to find a DAN! (Defeat Autism Now!) doctor to work with our kids.  We were blessed to find Dr. John Hicks in Wisconsin.  Dr. Hicks is an M.D. and attended several DAN! conferences, which are put on by the Autism Research Institute.  Dr. Hicks and his staff at 
Elementals Living provided the treatments and care our kids needed to restore their health. 

Thanks to their help and years of treatments I am happy to say that our kids are happy and healthy!  They still have autism, and always will, but they are doing great in school, are hardly ever sick, and are happy and great kids!  Deciding to find a DAN! doctor was the best decision we have made for our kids.
Chris at the 2005 Des Moines Marathon 

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I am asking you to join me on my marathon journey by sponsoring me by making a donation to the Autism Research Institute.    Autism Research Institute
To make a donation, you can do one of the following:

  • Send a check to me, made out to "Autism Research Institute".  I will send all of the checks in after October 18th.  Mailing address is 1119 W 11th St, Cedar Falls, IA 50613
  • Donate online.  Click here to make a donation online.

If you choose to donate online I would appreciate it if you would drop me a note to let me know about your contribution.  I would like to maintain a running count of donors and total donations.  Thanks!

About the Autism Research Institute

The Autism Research Institute was founded in 1969.  In 2007 a partnership between the Autism Society of America and the Autism Research Institute was formed to address the growing health crisis of autism in United States.

Here are some links to learn more about this fine organization.

Thank you for taking the time to consider sponsoring me in the 2009 Des Moines Marathon!