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Why Autism?

We decided to ride for Autism during Bianca’s visit to my parent’s house in New Hampshire. My Mom has worked in mental health in New England for over 30 years. Now at the Lowell Youth Treatment Center and having worked for Easter Seals, CLM, The Elliot Hospital, and many more. She never returns home without an story that sheds a new light on the importance of developing our understanding of intellectual disabilities. Whether it was in the car driving down to Suffolk talking about Oliver Sacks or a story about holding a prom for developmentally disabled orphans at Easter Seals- I learned from her that the key to a safe and happy world is in supporting the mental health of our youth.

I’ve seen her work painful hours, heard of families overwhelmed with Herculean trials of character, I’ve seen her battle insurance companies, and I’ve met and heard of dozens of other nurses, doctors, social workers, mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters who live every single day inside this same uphill battle.

The money isn’t for her, it’s not just for New England… It’s for people everywhere who have the strength to overcome immeasurable odds. Those who wake up every day and go to work, care for their children, love their siblings, all unconditionally and out of the goodness of their hearts.

The Autism-Society works towards just that goal, “Improving the lives of all affected by Autism”. The ASA is the #1 resource on Autism Spectrum Disorders and we are thankful to have the opportunity to support their work.

Learn more about the Autism-Society at www.Autism-Society.org

-Gregory

We left Boston, MA on July 1st after more than a year of scheming, planning, and saddle changes. We are riding to San Francisco, CA in support of the Autism Society of America. We aim to arrive in September and we hope that you'll follow us the whole way.

Thanks to everyone who has donated so far!

Click the Flickr Button (above) to see all of our pictures so far.

Contact:

gregralich@gmail.com

bpettinicchi@gmail.com