My son Ronin has autism. It was a very long winding road to get his diagnosis. A road that we started on when he was 15 months old. By the age of 3 he was diagnosed with early on-set rapid cycling bi-polar disorder, as well as a host of other "ABC" disorders. That's what I call the disorders that have acronyms.
But low and behold, when Ronin was 6, the bi-polar condition was removed and his PDD-NOS was removed and because of the new DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria for Autism, he was formally diagnosed with ASD Level 2. Level 2 states:
"Inflexibility of behavior, difficulty coping with change, or other restricted/repetitive behaviors appear frequently enough to be obvious to the casual observer and interfere with functioning in a variety of contexts. Distress and/or difficulty changing focus or action."
And that pretty much sums up my amazing son. And gosh, he is so amazing. Here he is just a few hours after his birth at home.
Last year we participated in our first ever Autism Speaks Walk, as part of team Laps for Logan, Running for Ronin. I think I was able to raise $250 in donations.
But this year, I have my sights set on bringing more funds and more awareness to Autism.
My amazing box, CrossFit En Fuego will be hosting an AMRAP for RONIN, a 30 minute WOD for Autism designed to kick your butt. I want to keep the details of the WOD a secret, but know that it will be a PARTNER WOD and there will be 5 exercises you will do and each movement has a letter of Ronin's name in it AND....it will be a WOD EVERYONE can do, even if you are not a CrossFitter!!
The WOD is FREE, but we will be accepting donations, with 100% of all donations going directly to Autism Speaks-Tampa Bay. Each $5 donation will give you one raffle ticket and I'm having some great prizes, including:
I hope that you are able to make it to CrossFit En Fuego on April 12, at 9am! You can RSVP here:
And if you can't make it, but would still like to donate to our fundraising page, you can do that here
Thank you for your support!!
HAVE YOU EVER DONE A WORKOUT FOR CHARITY??