You may remember last year’s post about two incredible moms–Kajsa James and Lene’ Belden–and how, because of difficult circumstances, they are striving to better today’s youth. Kajsa, with the tragic and untimely death of her daughter, Maddie, is helping to build the Ocean Institute’s Maddie James Seaside Learning Center which will benefit Orange County, CA’s elementary students, and Lene’ when given the diagnosis that her daughter, Hanna, was autistic, created the Trace3 Hope 4 Hanna, a race which helps, “Take Down Autism . . . One Step at a Time”. Hope 4 Hanna takes place this upcoming Sunday, October 21, 2012 in San Clemente, CA. For those of you living near South Orange County, come join the fun, here’s what’s going on. . .
Take Down Autism…One Step At A Time
4th Annual Trace3 San Clemente 10K/5K/½K Kids Run
Benefitting Hope 4 Hanna
WHAT: ”Take Down Autism One Step at a Time” with the 4th Annual Trace3 San Clemente 10K/5K/½K Kids Run benefitting Hope 4 Hanna. Monies raised will benefit Talk About Curing Autism (TACA), and other Southern California-based community programs funding projects related to autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
New for 2012, is the TACA Fallapalooza Festival for Families. Sensory family-friendly activities include: Bounce house, pumpkin painting, face painting, mask creating and more fun fall activities for kids on the autism spectrum, their siblings and friends.
Sunday, October 21, 2012
- Pre-Race Check-In: 4:00 – 7:00 PM on Sat. October 20th at race site
- Race Start Time for 5K/10K: 7:00 AM
- ½K Kids Run Start Time: 9:00 AM
- Resource Fair: 7:00 AM – Noon
- TACA Fallapalooza Festival for Families: 10:00 AM – Noon
WHERE: Plaza Pacifica on Pico Avenue, Near Wal-Mart, in San Clemente, Calif.
- 10K — $50.00
- 5 K — $40.00
- 5K (15 and under) — $30.00
- 1/2K Kids — $25.00
ABOUT HOPE 4 HANNA
Hope 4 Hanna was started in May 2008 by Justin and Kristen Alderson, and Joshua and Lené Belden. The inspiration for their vision is Johanna (“Hanna”) Belden, who was diagnosed in October 2006 with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) shortly after her second birthday.
Hope 4 Hanna’s mission is to create a less challenging road for families dealing with ASD. Once diagnosed, every child with autism faces a set of new expectations and responsibilities including behavioral and biomedical interventions, occupational and speech therapies, dietary restrictions, individual education planning, specialized playdates and socialization classes. Families have the task of introducing these new schedules and interventions into their homes, while trying to maintain normalcy.
Since the inaugural race in 2009, Hope 4 Hanna has raised and donated more than $300,000 to organizations such as Autism Speaks, Talk About Curing Autism (TACA), and ACT Today!. In addition to monies being used for research of cures and prevention, Hope 4 Hanna has funded biomedical scholarships, socialization groups, Spanish language advocacy and marriage counseling for families in financial need.