I am not active duty military myself nor do I have any family members affected by autism. However, both my mother (22 years) and my father (30 years) are Marines (retired). I understand the burdens that are placed on these service members and their families.
For a long time I had suffered from fear and anxiety from heavy physical exertion. I decided to start running to overcome this. At first I ran for a minute or two, then a few weeks later it was a mile.
Then a few months later I completed my first 5k. When my fiance (now wife) and I saw the Act Today! 10K, I saw it as an oppurtunity to push myself even further and prove I could do anything, and to help service members and their families.
I think I ran the 6 miles in something like an hour and 5 minutes. It felt great to accomplish a personal goal and to help out these families.
In December, my wife and I ran the Las Vegas 1/2 marathon which is something I never thought I would be capable of doing in my life.