[this letter is reprinted with permission by my friend Jimmy Grace - please consider extending your support]
Dear friends and family,
I am running in the RUN FOR AUTISM on January 13, 2008 in conjunction with the Chevron Houston Marathon. Aside from training over the past few months and the next two months to come, I have decided to turn my sweat and blisters into something really meaningful. I am contacting you to help me raise money for autism research. To learn more, please visit my Web page http://www.firstgiving.com/jamesgrace . My fundraising goal is $3,000.00.
I am dedicating this run to my oldest son, James, who was diagnosed with a form of Autism earlier this year. I am running in the hopes to raise money for the Organization for Autism Research, a national non-profit organization that funds research and resources for individuals diagnosed with autism and their families. Your pledge of support will help individuals whose struggles often exist outside the spotlight of society.
Please consider sponsoring me in the RUN FOR AUTISM. Every donation really does make a difference. To find out more about the Organization for Autism Research, please visit their Web site www.researchautism.org
Please forward this message to friends and family who might be interested in helping.
Thank you in advance for your support!
The Rev. James M.L. Grace
Episcopal Church of the Epiphany
9600 South Gessner
Houston, Texas 77071