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We are doing this ride to raise money for Research Autism. We are aiming to raise £20,000.
We are supporting Research Autism because my cousin Jamie is severely affected by the disease, and I have seen its effects not only on him but on the whole family." He is 13yrs old, but cannot yet talk.
Just take a moment to imagine not being able to talk.
Imagine understanding everything going on around you, but not being able to comment.
Imagine having to be dressed every morning in clothes you don't choose, and then hurting your parents as you try to tell them you wanted the blue shirt today.
Imagine being swamped by having to hear everything that everyone is saying around you, and not being able to listen to just one thing at once. Jamie loves being in a swimming pool, just floating, legs held motionless by the weight of the water, while he keeps his ears underwater to just relax, hearing nothing.
He understands everything - he appears to have a photographic memory - but can’t get his thoughts out.
Frustration leads to despair, and anger, which is just one of the many things that his family has to deal with.
He has extremely specific eating requirements and requires round the clock supervision. Jamie is at the severe end of the autistic spectrum, but given that one in 100 people suffer from the disease (with varying severity), and that everyone has some autistic traits, it is shocking that so little is known about it'.
Click here to support our cause and donate to Research Autism.
Read the "Meet Jamie" post - the only post in February, for more information about Jamie, and a poem - painstakingly slow for Jamie to type, but ultimately incredible.

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April 18, 2010

America is Huge!

I fear this title could be a recurring one.

On Friday, I took a 5 hour bus trip from New York to the American capital – Washington DC.

And one of the things that dawned on me is that America is Huge! I will put up a map with the comparisons on it – I travelled 233miles, a tiny percentage of the American coastline, but equivalent to half the way across Kenya, and all the way across England and Wales. We have our work cut out!

The Capital is an interesting place – with an absurd number of American flags – it seems that patriotism is measured by the size and quantity of them – round the Washington monument, there is a flag every 3 metres. I walked with my cousin around the Washington mall – from the White house to the Houses of Congress to Abe Lincoln’s memorial throne. The other thing that sprung out at me was the size of the war memorials. The Americans love their armed forces (and get in quite a few wars). This love for the forces was confirmed at a baseball match that we accidentally ended up at today.

We were on our way down to the Potomac River to see some ships, when we saw crowds headed to a baseball game. On the off chance of some cheap tickets, we popped in and got lucky!
The baseball was interesting – I’d love to play. The underdogs and home team won 8-0 in a massive shock victory, but the biggest cheer and a very moving standing ovation was saved for some returning soldiers getting drunk in the VIP box.

Back to New York tomorrow, to await Alex’s arrival.

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