Today marks the completion of the first week of our We Run the Spectrum: Virtual Run! People all over the country have been lacing up their shoes and logging those miles whether they are walking, running, cycling, etc.! We are overwhelmed with everyone’s enthusiasm to get out there and run for a good cause all while encouraging friends and family to donate! This first week has been so successful and we can’t wait to see what else you all can do. Please continue to share photos with us as you go!

We would like to commend all of our runners and encourage you to keep up the good work going forward! Kathy Lisiewicz is currently our top fundraiser for We Run the Spectrum, raising almost $1000 for autism awareness. Lisiewicz, a Los Angeles resident, is fairly new to the autism community as her daughter was just diagnosed 3 years ago.

“The past 3 years, I’ve learned a lot about how our daughter experiences the world and how she learns. It’s been challenging but we’ve all grown from it and it’s given us a chance to look at the world in a different light,” Lisiewicz reflected.

Lisiewicz has been eagerly looking for more ways to get involved with the autism community and donate to organizations, which is why she decided to participate in We Run the Spectrum. She explained that she really liked the American Autism Association’s focus on providing services and support to families. Although Lisiewicz expressed that she is not that much of a runner, she will be walking the 5k with her daughter and her husband.

Lisiewicz hopes that her participance and contributions can help to bring autism awareness, acceptance, and support to areas that are not so rich in it. She feels as though she has been blessed by her geography when it comes to this and she would like to see more areas be as lucky.

Looking back at the past 3 years, Lisiewicz describes the journey as difficult, but feels so blessed to have learned so much along the way. If she could give any advice to individuals impacted by autism, it would be to “never lose sight of the person you love; focus on them and what they need rather than what you think they need.

We want to congratulate Lisiewicz on being a top fundraiser and for all of her hard work thus far! You are such an inspiration and we are so lucky to have you as a part of the American Autism Association’s mission.

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