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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.

Photo Video - New York to St Louis

April 14, 2010


I am now in safely in New York. The flight was a good one, and the bike, which was in a thin cardboard box surrounded by bubble wrap and kikoi's, survived! I was full of nervous excitement on the plane, and although I didn't get upgraded (despite a lot of talking to the check-in lady) and wasn't allowed to have them raise money for me on the flight - Virgin have their own charity, it was a good flight. The security and baggage collection at the other end were a breeze - despite my fears of being questioned at length about my Kenyan residency and dodgy looking huge box.

I will be doing a lot of sightseeing, before visiting Washington for the weekend. We start our ride next week, and blogs will be intermittent until then. If anyone knows any must see things in New York - just write a comment.

1 comment:

  1. william-good to know you ahve arrived safely-now dont get lost in NYC-you must be like crocodile dundee out there!!love swifts