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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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May 8, 2010

A much needed rest

Today there isn't an awful lot to tell as we did very little, which is perfect for us because its just what we needed! We did venture along to the bike shop where we got our spokes fixed and a few other bits and bobs sorted out. Ben, or couch surfing host, kindly took us to a movie, this evening 'Sherlock Holmes', and then gave us a little night time tour of knoxville. He showed us one of the biggest Footballl stadiums in the States. A capacity of 125,000 people, belonging to the college of Tennessee. But now bedtime as it is nearly 1am here and we will ride about 70 miles tomorrow, starting our 8 days to St Louis. Tomorrow big storms are predicted but fingers crossed this wont hinder our progress.
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