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Run 2 Pieces 5K

Saturday, March 23, 2019 • 9:30am • Willis Tucker Park, Snohomish

Our History

Who are you?

A little over 6 years ago, Dave and Jen noticed that their son, Max, was experiencing some speech and motor delays. They decided to put him in speech and occupational therapy. It was at Max’s therapy clinic that they were first informed that Max might be on the autism spectrum. They were grateful to discover that finding out if Max was on the spectrum was covered by insurance, and so took him to the UW Autism Center. When the diagnosis was confirmed, they were able to act quickly to get Max the therapy that he needed. Today, Max talks, plays, and interacts with others his age. He attends a mainstream second grade at a local public school, and is well on his way to leading a happy and fulfilling life.

Dave and Jen feel extremely fortunate that they were able to get Max a diagnosis quickly, and wanted to find a way to help other families do the same. Enthusiastic (some might even say obsessed) with running, they came up with Run 2 Pieces to help more kids get the help they need to reach their full potential.

Why this event?

Many of us are familiar with the fact that ASD affects 1 out of every 68 children. Yet many families delay finding out if their child has ASD. Sometimes it’s because the family doesn’t have the money to pay for a diagnosis. Sometimes it’s because the family doesn’t want to label their child as “on the spectrum,” so they wait until the child enters school. Whatever the reason, this delay can cause frustration for the family and make it harder for the child to get the skills he or she needs to reach their full potential.

With Run 2 Pieces, we want everyone to understand that early diagnosis and treatment of autism can have a dramatic impact not just on the child’s life, but the life of his or her entire family. And we want to help make sure that families who need financial assistance can get it.