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Father Runs Marathon Blindfolded for Daughter who is Blind and has Autism

May 05, 2014

(May 5, 2014) -- Mike Bruno, volleyball coach at Point Park Universtiy in Pittsburgh, ran the Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday in honor of his 8-year-old daughter Cassie, who has autism and is blind. Mike, who ran the marathon last year as well, announced that he was running this yearduring an Autism Speaks benefit last November. Mike wanted to spread awareness in a special way for this event, which is how he arrived at the idea to run the marathon blindfolded. 

Weekend Walks Raise $2.1 Million

East Coast, Far West Fundraising Events Provide Banner Results
April 23, 2007

From left, Rose Somma Tennent, Senator Rick Santorum, walk chair Kelly Diulus and her husband Chuck at the Pittsburgh Walk. Senator Santorum served as honorary walk chair and addressed the walkers.

Autism Speaks, In the News, Weekend Walks Raise $2.1 Million

2000 Awards (NAAR)

In 2000, NAAR became the first non-governmental organization to break the $1 million mark for funding autism research and committed approximately $1.5 million to fund 19 pilot studies and two mentor-based fellowships in autism research taking place in the United States and Spain.