The Operation Jack Marathon serves as the primary fundraiser for the Operation Jack Autism Foundation, but for 2017, we’re changing the structure of the how the foundation will help autism charities. Rather than making grants on a case-by-case basis, we’re picking a primary beneficiary for each event or team. The beneficiary for the Operation Jack Marathon will be Talk About Curing Autism (TACA), a longtime-favorite charity of Operation Jack founder Sam Felsenfeld.
Sam’s take: “For what Talk About Curing Autism has done to help my son Jack and tens of thousands of families like mine, I decided that the best way for me to continue with all my heart to try to make the world a better place through Operation Jack is to make TACA the primary beneficiary of the Operation Jack Marathon. There are so many great organizations out there and unfortunately, there are fractures within the autism community. However, after pouring myself into Operation Jack on a completely-volunteer basis for seven years and doing my best to remain neutral, I’ve decided to take a stand for what I believe in. Like everything since day 1 on July 1, 2009, when I launched my mission, I’m taking a leap of faith with this. But I believe this is the right thing to do, so I’m doing this without hesitation.”
Talk About Curing Autism
Mission & Position Statement
Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) is a national non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to educating, empowering and supporting families affected by autism. For families who have just received the autism diagnosis, TACA aims to speed up the cycle time from the autism diagnosis to effective treatments. TACA helps to strengthen the autism community by connecting families and the professionals who can help them, allowing them to share stories and information to help improve the quality of life for people with autism.
TACA believes in early diagnosis, intensive therapies and medical intervention for children affected by autism. With early intervention, medical treatment unique to each person’s needs and necessary support services for families many children can improve greatly and some can recover from their autistic symptoms. We believe the future is not defined for many children affected by autism. Hope and recovery is possible.