As many of you know, I’m running this year’s NYC Marathon in honor of
my dad who passed from Parkinson’s Disease back in July of this year.
And to earn my slot in the race I committed to raising $3000 for the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. I hit my $3k goal about a week ago
and all was right with the world…

Until Hurricane Sandy struck…

And the devastation that struck the NYC Metro area is astounding.
And Staten Island where the NYC Marathon starts was hit particularly
hard. And I waited & expected for this year’s NYC Marathon to be
cancelled. And as a life long NYer I would have supported that
decision…but instead Mayor Bloomberg INSISTED that the NYC Marathon go
on as planned.

I think this is the WRONG decision and I seriously weighed not running the race for the past 2 days.

I saw residents of Staten Island on the news yesterday pleading for
help. They are still without power. They have toxic water in their
homes. They are still puling bodies from their homes and the death toll
is rising. And to know that, and to think that we are going to ship
45,000 runners to SI for a marathon seems wrong to me.

I feel that the NYRRC & the mayor should have definitely cancelled the race.

But they didn’t, and the race is going on. And it’s going on with or
without me. And I trained for this race. And I raised over $3000 in my
dad’s honor. And I know that the charity gets the money regardless if I
run or not, but there’s something about running a marathon for a good
cause with a charity’s shirt on my back, that’s pulling me towards running
this Sunday.

So, yes I’m leaning towards running the marathon this Sunday…

So in a last minute effort to make me feel less
guilty about running the NYC Marathon and to support an EXTREMELY worthy
cause I’d like to push all of you to donate to a great
organization called AMERICARES.

I’d love to raise $1000 for AMERICARES towards Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts…

Please support AMERICARES and donate as much as you can. No amount is too big or too small!

What does AmeriCares do? What are they all about? I’m glad you asked…

Below is more info on AmeriCares and how the funds will be used…


AmeriCares emergency response experts are closely monitoring Hurricane
Sandy and are delivering medicines, first aid kits, cleaning products,
flashlights and other relief supplies to the hardest hit communities up
and down the East Coast.

AmeriCares relief workers have reached
out to more than 100 health clinics, food banks and other agencies with
offers of assistance. The global health and disaster relief
organization also has aid workers ready to be deployed at a moment’s

Please click on the link below to support their relief efforts.

Thanks so much.

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Frank Campagna

I’m a 48 year old neurotypical dad with a 14 year old son with severe, non-verbal autism & epilepsy. I created this blog to rant about autism & epilepsy while celebrating my son who I affectionately call “the king” :-).

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  1. Anonymous

    I spend all day caring for my child with autism, except when he goes to school or goes to bed and falls asleep. During these down times, however, I sit on my couch and stare at the wall for the sole purpose of not misleading faceless people on the internet into thinking I have a life or any time to myself. It works for me, and as a result I don't have a blog throughbwhich people make disparaging comments about my parenting and calling my child inappropriate names which he does not deserve. Keep living, Autism Daddy, for both of us.

  2. Why on earth does having a child with autism mean that you can't have a life?! What an arrogant f##king asshole u are! Yeah I know u are a troll that writes awful things to offend people & watch the angry replies ensue! BUT I didn't want any readers coming to this blog and thinking that no-one cares enough to reply.

  3. Anonymous

    If you have a kid with Autism why are you spending a gazillion hours ranting on this site instead of looking after your kid? Oh, wait you probably force your wife to look after your turd. Typical