Just taking some time out to tell you about some other longborders pushing long distance for autism awareness this year.
Last year, Daniel Houze and Blake Stassi took a longboard trip from Stanford University to UCLA in Los Angeles, California, to elevate awareness of Autism. I stumbled across this artcle about their journey, on the Skate Further site, just after I'd decided on making my own Long Push for autism awareness, back in November last year. http://www.skatefurther.com/elevate-awareness/
The boys' trip was inspired by their Autistic cousins. They, like myself, felt that so many people were in the dark about the disorder. New figures indicate that 1 in 88 children are diagnosed with autism, and 1 in 70 boys. The boys' goal was to do the trip to gain publicity, then use the media coverage they got to elevate Autism awareness!
|Blake and Daniel last year, 2011.|
Santa Barbara to San Diego and back: 500 miles! JUNE 15-25
This year Blake and Daniel have a new member riding with them, Jacob Whitaker. He will be riding alongside them on a fixed geared bike. The boys hope to this year not only raise more Autism awareness but also to raise money for the organization they ride for, The Easter Seals Foundation www.easterseals.com
Three boys who found a way to make a difference.
There are less than two weeks before they set off on their 500 mile journey this year. So please, check them out, tell your friends, give their Facebook page a like, follow them on Tumblr here http://elevateawareness.tumblr.com/ and please donate whatever you can to my brothers across the Atlantic, longboarding for autism awareness.