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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

We Run for the "Ones"


By Nashota Jackson

Five years ago my husband and I became first time parents to a beautiful baby boy. We lovingly gave him a strong name that passed the “at bat” test. Carter Jackson, definitely a name worthy of a great baseball player, or even football. After all, his dad played both growing up so maybe Carter would do the same. I teased my Marine husband that our son could always decide he wants to take ballet so we should be prepared for anything!  We couldn’t wait to see what the future would hold for our first born, and only son. The one thing we didn’t prepare for was autism. 

Watching your otherwise healthy child slip away into a place where he doesn’t look at you anymore or call you mommy and daddy is not something anybody can possibly prepare you for. While we weren’t certain what a future with autism would hold, we knew it would be the fight of our life…for his life. With autism there is always another fight, another battle, and you have to strengthen your team with unwavering supporters. ACT Today For Military Families is one of those supporters who will always be by your side. 

Last year my husband and I were so excited to participate in the inaugural ATFM  Run/Walk as a family. I am proud to continue the tradition with our team, Camp Pendleton Crusaders, this year. Our Marine won’t be able to make it as he is currently serving a yearlong deployment in Afghanistan but he is cheering us on from afar. We run for our son, Carter and we run for the 1 in 88 military children affected by autism. We would love to see you on April 7th in support of this great organization and if you don’t have a team yet, what are you waiting for?! We have an empty spot just for you! 

Join Nashota and her family on April 7 at the
ACT Today! for Military Families
5k/10k Run and ONEHOPE Family Festival. 

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