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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Big Announcement + My First Giveaway!!

I told you before my trip that I had some big news to share.  And now that I'm back and have sorted out some of the details, I thought I'd let you know what I'm so geeked out over.

Well... (drum roll please)

I am now the Utah County Chapter President for Train 4 Autism  
with the 1st chapter to be formed in Utah!

Exciting, right?!  Now you are probably wondering- why Train 4 Autism? I think I'll explain in a list, since you all know I love lists. ;)
  1.  I don't really talk about my kids much on this blog (other than the random comments about how precious and exhausting mommyhood can be).  It's always just been a place to talk about running.  A getaway of sorts. However, in order for you to understand my interest in autism awareness you should know that my oldest son, Coleman, was diagnosed with autism in 2005, when he was just 3 yrs old. It is something that affects my life everyday. 
  2. There is a LOT going on in the world of autism,  from researchers looking for a cure for autism to dozens of different types of therapies to help children and adults living with autism cope in their daily lives.  With Train 4 Autism, you get to help fund the cause that is most important to you, be it national autism awareness programs or a local school in need of therapeutic toys. (<----This totally sold me. You get to pick the charity that you feel most passionate about.)
  3. Train 4 Autism is set up in such a way that- YOU choose the sport, YOU choose the race, and YOU choose the cause.  There is no other program quite like it.  
  4. Basically, the work that is being done by Train 4 Autism spoke to my soul. As a runner. As a mother. I knew I had to be involved. 
I first heard of Train 4 Autism on Redhead Morgan's blog where she talked about Operation Jack.  Operation Jack is Sam Felsenfeld's journey to running 60 marathons in one year in order to raise awareness of Train 4 Autism's plight.  Amazing!  His own son, Jack, is his inspiration. This is from his website:

After watching his son struggle day after day with his condition, Sam decided he wanted to do something to make a difference in his honor. His plan is Operation Jack. If Operation Jack succeeds, Train 4 Autism will grow and countless people living with autism — along with their relatives and friends — will benefit for years to come.

How's that for taking action?!   Sam has dedicated an entire year of his life in order to help Train 4 Autism grow.  I am truly inspired by him and realize that if he can run 60 marathons in one year, I can certainly do my part by raising awareness in my own community.

Ok. This is where I tell you about my first giveaway!  I've seen many people talking about the music on their iPods lately.  Seems like we're always looking for new songs to help us through our workouts.  Maybe it's spring fever.  I don't know but I do know that you could all use-

 $25 to iTunes!!!

That's right! With $25 you could completely overhaul your playlists! Ok, well maybe not completely, but $25 worth of music is enough to run over an hour and a half while listening to all new tunage!  No more drudgery listening to the Rocky theme over and over and over.   Ha ha!  And if you don't have an iPod, I bet you know someone that does! What a great gift it would be!  (Have I sold you on it enough yet?)

Here's how you gain entries into my giveaway:
  1. Become a follower here on my blog.  Leave a comment telling me you are a follower.
  2. Post this giveaway on your blog, on Facebook, or tweet it on Twitter. Leave separate comments for each one. (3 possible entries)
  3. Become a fan of Train 4 Autism-Utah County Chapter on Facebook HERE. Leave me a comment telling me you are a fan.
  4. Become a fan of Operation Jack on Facebook HERE. Leave a comment.
  5. Just SPREAD THE WORD!  If you do anything to spread the word of Train 4 Autism or Operation Jack, let me know in separate comments for extra entries!
This giveaway is all about raising awareness.  There are so many people out there just like me that may want to be involved with Train 4 Autism but they have never had the chance to hear of it.  This is your chance to help out!  Even if Train 4 Autism isn't something you are necessarily passionate about, you never know which of your Facebook friends might see it and want to be involved so make some noise, friends!  Thank you guys SO much for your support.  I love all the friends I've made through this blog and feel blessed to share in all your journeys.

I'll be choosing a winner for this giveaway, by random number generator, on March 18th- in one week!  Good luck!

88 comments:

  1. What a great cause, I am already a follower.
    And as a mother I can understand how challenging and rewarding motherhood can be, kudos to you for not only being an exceptional mother but fighting for something that is near and dear to you heart. This post made my day.

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  2. WOW - Very exciting news :) You are an amazing Mommy! I'm already a follower

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  3. Super exciting! You're going to do great things. I am a follower!

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  4. I am already a fan of Train 4 Autism on FB!

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  5. This is so awesome! I am already a follower.

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  6. It's posted on the side of my blog;-)

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  7. I will give you some link love tomorrow!

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  8. I am a Fan of both (obviously) I support all things Operation Jack / Train 4 Autism!

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  9. Alright now with all that out of the way, I'm so glad my post was able to link you up with Op Jack & T4A!!! Congrats on becoming a chapter president as well!

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  10. I really admire what you are doing to raise awareness about autism. I have so many friends with autistic kids. Congrats on your new position!

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  11. I am a Train 4 Autism-Utah FB fan!

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  12. Sounds like an awesome cause. I'll be an FB fan and a follower on this blog.

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  13. I am a proud follower!!
    One of my close friends has a son with autism and he is the most adorable child...mostly due to the huge amounts of love he has received. His mom is, like you, his champion...and an amazing mom!

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  14. I am now a fan of train4autism

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  15. I am now a fan of Operation Jack

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  16. I will link this on my sidebar in one minute :)

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  17. I am a new follower, I found you through Mel- Tall Mom!

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  18. I am a fan of Train 4 Autism on FB

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  19. Love this cause and the training behind it! Congrats! I will be entering later tonight but I just wanted to say I admire the parents of children with disabilities SO much. I work in Special Education, mainly with children with Autism and Down Syndrome. They are my heart and soul and even though some really and truly seems to live isolated in their own world, every once in a while you catch that smile and you know there is a wonderful, imaginative, smart, and loving child under thatn barrier. We just have to help pull them out!

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  20. I am a follower! I just want to say congrats to you!!! What you are doing is very important and very inspiring!!! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!

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  21. Yeah, this might be my favorite blog ever.

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  22. I posted a link on my blog.

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  23. I am a fan of Operation Jack on FB.

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  24. What a great cause. Running for something changes everything.

    I am a follower. Love your BLOG!

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  25. You are linked...well in a minutes that is.

    www.running2sanity.blogspot.com

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  26. I am not on FB for lent...shoot...but I will become a fan after Easter!

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  27. Amazing congrats!!

    I am a follower and will spread the word tomorrow.

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  28. Oh, and I left to Tweet about it then got distracted on Twitter, but finally, I tweeted it too! :-)

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  29. What an awesome cause!! You sound like such a good Mommy, and now you have one more thing to add to your list. Great job!

    I just became a new follower.. Can't wait to see your journey!

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  30. I will spread the word! Thanks!

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  31. Wow, congratulations! It sounds like a wonderful opportunity to get involved in a great cause.

    I'm a NEW follower to your blog. :)

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  32. Became a fan of Train4Autism on FB! (Marlene Sykes)

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  33. Became a fan of OperationJack on FB! (Marlene Sykes)

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  34. Totally awesome giveaway!! I'm a follower on my Google Reader :)

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  35. Posted on my blog! :)
    http://mj-girlrunning.blogspot.com/

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  36. Just found you through Tall Mom's 1,000 mile club! Became a follower.

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  37. I tweeted about your giveaway! @BadgerJen2002

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  38. I became a fan of Operation Jack.

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  39. I am now a follower. Glad I found your site, thanks to runningwithbabes.

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  40. Tweet http://twitter.com/ohmmommy/status/10428254426

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  41. Hey I just found your blog from Morgan at Redhead Running! Can't wait to read more! I just joined the group Operation Jack on facebook

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  42. What an amazing woman and Mom you are! I am so proud of you and what you are doing. You rock. Truly!

    I am a follower. :)

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  43. I am a fan of Operation Jack on FB.

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  44. I am a fan of Train 4 Autism - Utah County Chapter on FB.

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  45. I'm a fan of Train 4 Autism on FB!

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  46. I'm a fan of Operation Jack on FB.

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  47. I linked your giveaway on my blog. :)

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  48. I follow.

    I wanted to share a little with you - my brother is autistic, and despite our frustrations when he was a child, with the right therapy he grew up into a functioning part of society. My mother advocated on his behalf so he could get the right education to meet his strengths. Depending on the scope of your son's symptoms (you know how it is, one autistic child isn't like another), autism is not the "sentence" that it used to be. I will send you good vibes for your autism team that you'll have a successful team!

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  49. I am proud of your efforts to get in the fight against autism. While many stand on the side line and wonder why this is happening. You have decided to do something about it. This makes you and your sight against autism a winner.

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  50. Congratulations on becoming the Utah Chapter President! It sounds like a huge honor. What an awesome mommy you are and I admire you very much for your dedication!

    I'm already a follower and became a fan on FB.

    You rock!

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  51. So wonderful that you are involved in something that you feel passionate about! What an awesome experience! Good luck to you!

    I'm a follower!

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  52. I am proud of your efforts to get in the fight against autism. While many stand on the side line and wonder why this is happening. You have decided to do something about it. This makes you and your sight against autism a winner.

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  53. I follow.

    I wanted to share a little with you - my brother is autistic, and despite our frustrations when he was a child, with the right therapy he grew up into a functioning part of society. My mother advocated on his behalf so he could get the right education to meet his strengths. Depending on the scope of your son's symptoms (you know how it is, one autistic child isn't like another), autism is not the "sentence" that it used to be. I will send you good vibes for your autism team that you'll have a successful team!

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  54. Wow, congratulations! It sounds like a wonderful opportunity to get involved in a great cause.

    I'm a NEW follower to your blog. :)

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  55. You are linked...well in a minutes that is.

    www.running2sanity.blogspot.com

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  56. I am a follower! I just want to say congrats to you!!! What you are doing is very important and very inspiring!!! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!

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  57. I am now a fan of Operation Jack

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  58. Sounds like an awesome cause. I'll be an FB fan and a follower on this blog.

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  59. I will give you some link love tomorrow!

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  60. You are linked on my sidebar!

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  61. WOW - Very exciting news :) You are an amazing Mommy! I'm already a follower

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