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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 16, 2010

New York

New York is a great place, which I thoroughly recommend. I have walked many miles, seen many things – from an awesome acrobatic street group, to the skyscrapers in the business district. I had a great time playing Frisbee in Central Park, and met a very kind attendant on the Staten Island Ferry who gave $10 to me when he heard about the trip.

I have been on the subway and seen Times Sq, as well as found a good tent. I will go down to Washington DC tomorrow – by bus, making the most of the time before pedal power takes over and one day jaunts are 80miles, not 400.

Donations are coming thick and fast – we have raised 5400 pounds, with lots more in the pipeline. Themed bonus donations are much appreciated – if you are feeling inventive – 5 pounds extra donation for every puncture is one idea [thank you to the Mortons]; and every entertaining idea makes our pedaling faster, and our fundraising easier.

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