About this Virtual Run: This virtual run is like none we have ever hosted before as it doesn’t benefit a general charity, but instead benefits a family trying to get a service dog for their autistic son. Although Jameson is high functioning, he still has many areas in his life where he struggles. Having his own service dog will provide him with stability and will help promote independence. His service dog will be trained to comfort him when he is having a melt-down by providing deep, calming pressure, and Jameson will also learn to be tethered to his service dog when outside the home. This will enable Jameson to be more social and will allow his family to be more involved in their community. Service dogs are invaluable to the people they assist, but they are also very expensive. Jameson’s service dog will cost his family $15,900.
Run or walk whenever and wherever you want to help Jameson’s family get him a service dog! All participants will receive this adorable service dog medal that has an autism puzzle piece hanging from its collar. You are going to love this medal, and best of all, your support will be directly helping a little boy get a service dog to improve his life!
About the Charity: Jameson’s family has created a YouCaring page to help him get a service dog. You can read their story there. Once enough funds are raised, Jameson’s dog will be coming from Assistance Dogs for Autism. Trainers and staff from this organization come not only from a background of dog training, but have worked extensively with individuals with special needs, especially children. Assistance Dogs for Autism is comprised of a cast of trainers that is unparalleled in the industry.
Virtual Strides Partner Event: This event is part of the Virtual Strides Partners Program. A Service Dog for Jameson will receive 100% of the net proceeds from this event (via Assistance Dogs for Autism, earmarked for Jameson’s dog) after Virtual Strides’ partner costs are deducted.
Race Period: April 1 – April 30, 2017
Cost: $29 – FREE Shipping!
To Benefit: Hope4Harper
About this Virtual Run: Harper Elle Howard – aka Harperpotamous – only lived five short years in this world, but her legacy lives on through the millions of people who suffer from seizures. Harper suffered from a disorder so rare, it doesn’t even have a name and is simply referred to as CDKL5, the gene it effects. She had up to 40+ seizures per day and when CDKL5 finally took her life, she was the first to donate her brain and living tissue to scientific research.
By supporting the charity started by Harper’s parents you will help science use the gift Harper left behind in finding a way to help those living with seizures live a better quality of life. Run or walk anytime, anywhere and provide HOPE to those living with debilitating seizures. All registrants will receive this adorable and inspirational hippopotamus angel spinner medal – Hippos were Harper’s favorite animal, in case you hadn’t guessed.
About the Charity: Hope4Harper is a nonprofit organization created in honor of Harper Elle Howard, to educate, raise funds and support scientific research for the CDKL5 disorder and similar seizure related diseases. Not much is known about the cause and spectrum of the disorder, which is why research is so important. With continued research and awareness of CDKL5, we hope to build a more comprehensive understanding of the spectrum and disorder. Together we can make a significant impact on this disease. Hope4Harper carries with it Harper’s purpose and legacy. Harper’s brain is the first to be donated to CDKL5 research. The impact of it is immeasurable. Every project we support uses a piece of Harper in their research.
Virtual Strides Partner Event: This event is part of the Virtual Strides Partners Program. Hope4Harper will receive 100% of the net proceeds from this event after Virtual Strides’ partner costs are deducted.
All of our Past Partner Virtual Races are SOLD OUT, but you can still check them out if you’d like to see who we have helped and the medals that were available.