I’ve talked about Operation Jack once or twice before on this blog, because I think what Sam is doing is really awesome. The love and dedication that he has for his son Jack is amazing, and I’m just immensely impressed with this guy’s running ability!
I had the great fortune to meet Sam and spend some time talking with him when he was in Anchorage for one of his many marathons in August (which was also when I ran my first 1/2 marathon).
If you have no idea what I’m talking about, let me give you the highlights. Sam’s son Jack was diagnosed with autism shortly after turning 3. This year, Sam has committed himself to run at least one marathon every weekend – in fact, he’s going to be running 61 marathons in total this year. And he’s doing it all to raise money and awareness for autism.
I can’t even begin to imagine what Sam and his family go through on a daily basis. But I think what he is doing here is terrific, and I want to help support him anyway I can.
And that’s where you come in… 🙂
Operation Jack has a donation program they call Race 4 Free, where they will pay the race registration for anyone who helps them raise at least $300. My goal is to help them raise at least that much, though I’d really like to see it reach $1000, because it really is such a great cause. Mac from Get Fit Slowly recently blogged about setting up a donation team for the #mizboorun in Las Vegas, and I thought I’d join him!
So I’ve setup my own donation page here where people can donate money to Train 4 Autism. If all of you wonderful folks can help me raise at least $300 (and I know you can!) for Operation Jack, you’ll be helping me to support a great cause, and I’ll get to run the Las Vegas 1/2 Marathon for free!
Having met Sam, I can say without a doubt that he is a really cool, down-to-earth guy that really cares about his family. Operation Jack also has a special place in my heart, because my own son’s name is Jack 🙂 I know that every single dollar donated will be greatly appreciated and put to good use.
Please, click here to make a donation to help Operation Jack and Train 4 Autism – every dollar helps!