Running for a cause

In today’s world success is a very subjective term, but I think if you are in a position to reach out to society and bring about a positive change in it – you are successful!I like to believe in a quote by Aesop that says ‘No act of kindness no matter how small is ever wasted’. I try doing my bit by supporting a few causes that are close to my heart – Forum For Autism being one of them.

I was introduced to the Forum For Autism little after its inception in 2001 and by 2004 I full-fledgedly pledged my support. During my decade long association with this parent support group for autistic children the one thing I realized is how unaware people are about this condition. There is a lot of insensitivity, where there needs to be plenty of love, care and patience. There is no doubt that living with autism can be complex and emotionally draining – for the child and more so for the parents. A support group of people who have dealt with or are dealing with the same condition helps make it much easier to go about. It is important to realize that autism is an absolute condition and does not have any guaranteed and miraculous cure. It is a psychiatric disorder that has different effects on different individuals, so much so that two people diagnosed in a similar capacity are likely to act very differently from each other. An early diagnosis and regular tests helps understand the pattern of the disorder and goes a long way in benefitting a child right through his/her life.

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Amongst the several workshops and activities the Forum For Autism engages in, the Standard Charted Mumbai Marathon is a must do for me! Running with these fabulous kids and raising funds for their betterment is something I look forward to keenly year after year. In the past 12 years our run has just got bigger and better – with family, coworkers, employees, friends and friends of friends joining in to support this noble cause!

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I am all geared up to do this run the following year too – Fundraising is on and so is the marathon prep! What cause are you running the marathon for this year? Let me know in the comment section below.

Also to know more about the forum for autism and to pledge support to this cause visit their website – http://forumforautism.org/

Till I write again

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