While I've been running across the country, the Run The Dream Volunteer committee co-ordinates sending out letters and e-mails of invitation to politicians, business leaders, media organizations and other groups who might have an interest about what Run The Dream is doing in their community and/or province.
Yesterday, Terry and I had the privilege of a 30-minute meeting, at Queen's Park, with the Conservative Opposition Leader, John Tory. It was a very engaging and thought-provoking discussion about Autism Spectrum Disorders- an issue that has constantly garnered growing media attention. On behalf of Run The Dream, I'd like to thank Mr. Tory for taking time out of his busy schedule to discuss an issue that affects 1 in 165 children born and is a lifelong challenge for many families.
After that meeting, Amanda Lang, anchor of Taking Stock, on the Business News Network, invited me onto her show to talk about the run. Thank you Amanda for helping share the story of Run The Dream and Autism Spectrum Disorders with your viewers.
The evening was capped off with a Friends and Family Cruise, hosted by one of Run The Dream's sponsors, Mariposa Cruises (located in Toronto's Queen's Quay area), with future Hall of Fame Quarterback Damon Allen as our special guest. Damon holds the record for the most all-time passing yards by a quarterback in both the NFL and CFL. More than Warren Moon, Dan Marino, Brett Farve, Joe Montana or Troy Aikman. He is a great speaker and his 23 year pro football career accomplishments attribute to how hard work, dedication and preparation can culminate into success. Thank you Damon!
Thanks also to all my friends and family who came out and enjoyed Run The Dream's success to date. It was nice that the weather co-operated and that everyone could enjoy the view of the Toronto skyline. 5,000 more kms to go!
A lot people have been e-mailing me and asking what I did for my birthday. Although I did run in the morning of the 30th, I took the night off because my favourite band in the world just happened to be in Toronto- Coldplay! I leave you with an excerpt of their song "Fix You", from their X&Y album, that they performed that night.
The Dream Continues and Rolls On.....North!