26 for 321
The 26 is for the number of miles in marathon.
The 321 is a description of Down Syndrome - 3 copies of the 21st Chromosome.
The race is the 2017 Chicago Marathon.
This year, I'm running this marathon for the first time to raise money for the Arkansas Down Syndrome Association.
My name is Chris Attig. I'm a Veteran, a lawyer, a husband, and a Dad.
I'm also a runner.....and whenever I run a big race, I try to raise money to help the non-profits that support either Veterans or children with Special needs.
Since 2015, you and I have worked together to raise over $8,000 for a number of unique non-profits that do great things:
$1,295 for the Access School during the 2017 Little Rock Half Marathon
$3,368 for the Lila Kate Memorial Fund while I ran the 2016 NYC Marathon in 2016
$1,050 for Heroes on the Water during the 2016 Army Ten Miler
$2,358 for a Veterans non-profit working to eliminate Veteran suicide in 2015.
This year, I'm running the Chicago Marathon to raise funds for the Arkansas Down Syndrome Association, which delivers much needed support to individuals with a Down Syndrome diagnosis, and to their families in the State of Arkansas.
I'd like to ask you to donate to support this fabulous organization.
If you make a donation, your donation goes directly to the Arkansas Down Syndrome Association - and they are a registered 501(c)(3), so your donation is tax-deductible too.
Thank you for your support - and be sure to follow my progress on Facebook.
The Arkansas Down Syndrome Association promotes and enhances the overall health and well-being of people with Down syndrome and their families - establishing a health clinic that would serve adults with Down syndrome became the primary goal of the Association.
From helping new parents understand their child's diagnosis, to introducing them to the need for early intervention therapies, and helping our kids as they grow into teenagers and adults....the Arkansas Down Syndrome Association is not just a point of access to a lifetime of support.
It is a lifeline. By contributing to this organization, you are helping children, teens, adults, and elderly Arkansans with a Down Syndrome diagnosis get access to the tools, support and community they need to thrive in life.
Thank you for your contribution.
Here are 6 Reasons to Support the Access School with a donation:
- EARLY INTERVENTION MATTERS. According to research, learning and development are at their highest rate in the preschool years. ACCESS professionals provide evaluation services to assist in early detection and intervention, to help children reach their fullest, individual potential.
- A CHILD’S VOCABULARY AT AGE THREE IS ONE OF THE STRONGEST PREDICTORS OF FUTURE ACADEMIC APTITUDE. ACCESS provides evaluations and speech therapy for language delays – services that can profoundly impact future reading, writing and mathematic abilities.
- CHILDREN LEARN THROUGH PLAY. Play is the primary occupation of children. In children with developmental delays or disabilities, the simple act of “play” can seem daunting. ACCESS provides a variety of services and therapies to help young individuals gain the skills they need to get back to the best learning tool they have – PLAY.
- 1 IN 5 CHILDREN WILL EXPERIENCE LEARNING OR ATTENTION DIFFICULTIES. With those odds, it is highly likely that you know a child affected by a learning, attention or other disorder. ACCESS provides a wide range of assistance for families through evaluation and therapy services, education and young adult programs.
- YOUNG ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES WANT TO FIND THEIR PURPOSE. ACCESS offers two programs for young adults. ACCESS Life, a full-time program for young adults with disabilities ages 18-35, provides vocational training, teaches independent living skills, encourages community involvement and promotes comradery to give these individuals the confidence and purpose they seek. Project SEARCH Arkansas: ACCESS Initiative is a nine-month internship for young adults with disabilities offering on-the-job training and follow-along services to assist them in finding and securing meaningful employment opportunities.
- EVERYONE DESERVES THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET THEIR INDIVIDUAL POTENTIAL. No matter what, every child should have the opportunity to receive a robust educational experience defined by an accepting, uplifting environment that promotes independence. Whether through outpatient therapy services, full-times education, young adult vocational training, or a combination of services, ACCESS offers the most comprehensive special education program in the state. With your support, we can continue to assist even more families!