Charity Run for Dyslexic Children

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Dyslexia is a  learning difference that affects as many as 1 in 5 of the population. When I first realized that my son, William, was dyslexic, I had no idea where to turn. Thankfully, a friend connected me with the Children's Speech and Reading Center of Northern Colorado

William began working with a reading specialist at the center 8 months ago. The positive impact on all our lives has been profound and dramatic! Not only has William's reading comprehension and fluency improved by leaps and bounds, he's also achieved a healthy sense of self esteem. He has put in so much hard work and still has a long way to go, but we want to give back to the organization that has done so much good in our lives.

The Children's Speech and Reading Center is a non-profit that never turns away any child in need. Their goal is to help every child reach his or her "full academic, social, and developmental potential." The kind of specific, explicit, and multisensory instruction that dyslexic children require can be cost prohibitive to many families, and we want to make sure that every dyslexic child is able to receive the excellent services that our son has. 

For this reason, I'm asking you all to support me as I undertake an approximately 43-mile solo run on the Colorado Trail this summer. Don't worry-- I've done this kind of thing before! I've been running for most of my life, and in the past several years, I've completed more than a dozen ultra marathon events (including one 100 miler).  In so many ways, running alone through the wilderness is exactly what it feels like to be the mom of a dyslexic-- you may be exhausted and broken down, but you have to find a way to keep going, so that you can do what you need for your child. 

Please consider contributing a donation to my run. All proceeds will go to the Children's Speech and Reading Center so that they can continue their mission of helping dyslexic children in need. The CSRC is Northern Colorado's only 501(c)(3) non-profit that focuses on reading and speech-language therapy. The center operates on a sliding scale and does not turn away any child. Donors like you enable them to continue providing free screenings and one-on-one therapy like William receives. 

Thanks so much for your support!


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Thank you so much to all contributors! It's been a month since the run, and I'm officially closing down the Go Fund Me campaign. William and I are on our way to take your donations to the Children's Speech and Reading Center. If you still want to help, you can donate to the center directly (here's a link to their donation page: http://www.csrckids.org/?page_id=33), donate to a similar center in your area, or come with me to support me in school meetings, where I will continue to advocate for William's education.

Thanks again for your support.
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Thanks for all your support. We did it!

Thanks especially to Rob and Will. Without them, none of this would have been possible.

If you have a minute or two, I've posted a video Rob made during the run.
Finishing up 44 miles at Kenosha Pass
What a day.
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Hi Everybody,
A lot has been going on here in the past couple of weeks.

I was asked to write a piece for the We Are All Disabled website. You can read it here: https://www.wearealldisabled.com/single-post/2017/05/31/Melissas-Story

I was also interviewed by the ISME journal. You can read that here: https://journal.orton-gillingham.com/ultrarunner-running-43-miles-to-raise-funds-for-reading-center/

In addition, Rob, Will, and I went back to the midwest to visit family... and Rob ran the Kettle Moraine 100 while we were there. The race was quite an experience, involving thunderstorms, shin-deep mud, oppressive heat and humidity, and a long, difficult night. I was honored and grateful to have my in-laws watch Will so that I could go out and pace Rob for the last 38 miles of the race. It was kind of like a weird "date-night," in which we mostly didn't talk, I had to keep reminding Rob to eat and drink, and at one point I threw up. Nevertheless, Rob kept moving forward through some very dark miles, and he rallied again just before second sunrise, when he picked up the pace and ran it in for a sub-24 hour finish! I'm so proud of him and everything he powered through to finish strong. Pacing him for almost 11 hours was great training for the dyslexia charity run! Feeling more ready than ever.

Thanks for your support.
Eating pickles in the rain at mile 31
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Thank you all so much for your generosity. Last night we reached and then surpassed the $2000 stretch goal. I'm just so overwhelmed and in awe! It means so much to me that so many children will now be able to get the help they need.

On the way to the bus stop this morning, Will made a video so I thought I'd share it here:

Thanks to your generous contributions we've now surpassed our stretch goal! The CSRC is thrilled and so am I. Will has a message for you.

There's still about a month until I plan to leave for the run. How much farther can we go? Every contribution is appreciated and goes to help dyslexic children. Thank you all so much for your generous support of this campaign!

P.S. The hat is because he thinks it makes him look like Brett Maune, 2-time finisher and current record holder of the Barkley Marathons.
Thank you!
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I'm so impressed by your dedication to this! You go girl!

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