Sunday Funday with Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks


Last weekend, I walked my 10th year for Autism Speaks. “Autism Speaks Walk is the world’s largest autism fundraising event dedicated to improving the lives of people with autism. Powered by the love of parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, relatives, and supporters, the funds raised help make sure people of all abilities have access to the tools needed to lead ‘their best lives’.

I began walking on behalf of one of my students.  He was an amazingly special boy with Autism and his family started a team.  Over the years the team grew and shrank.  I continued to walk for Autism after our team dissolved and added two special children of my own to the team.  Every year I find ways to explain to my children how we are all different and an event like Autism Speaks is a fun way to show and support all of our uniqueness.

My 2 favorite parts about this year was the children’s tents and sponsorship by Alpha Xi Delta.  I am a mom and teacher and love a good craft!  My favorite craft was sensory bags.  Who doesn’t need some sensory exploration and distraction?  We made these bags and now use them at home in our “quiet spaces” and I will be making them with my preschoolers to do the same.

Alpha Xi Delta is a sorority that is near and dear to my heart.  My mom, sister and I are all Alpha Xi Deltas.  We each have many friends who pledged and continue as our sisters in life.  Truly sisters! I was so proud to see chapters from all over the Cleveland area supporting, raising awareness and funds while smiling and making the event fun to walk through.

For many, many years I have walked in charity events.  Only in the last few years have I been representing my cause, migraine.  Regardless of the need, we all need help, support, funds, and awareness.  I love being involved in anything that improves lives and brings happiness to any group that needs some extra support.

What charities do you support?  How do you give back?

Sarah Rathsack

I tell stories of My Migraine Life. I'm a mom, wife, teacher, and chronic migraine sufferer. I tell my stories and advocate in my life searching for health in a positive honest way.
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  1. Tasha M on October 7, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    This is lovely. Well done for supporting again this year. I work in a school myself and it’s important for us to continue supporting and raising awareness about these conditions. I am thinking about participating in the london half marathon for the migraine trust next year. The only thing that worries me is it’s going to be in what is usually winter for us! ????????

  2. mymigrainelife on October 7, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    Wow, a half marathon?! That is amazing yet less than ideal in winter! Good for you!

  3. Tasha M on October 10, 2018 at 9:36 am

    Thanks, I’m a little bit on the nervous side I must admit! We’ll probably still be wearing our winter coats at that time lol

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