How did Pushing Past Autism start? Our son, Benjamin, was diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum and within a few years we had experienced a great deal of stress in our personal lives and on our resources.  I felt the need to help others who have to deal with the same situation.  I figured there were enough running and swimming charity events already, so I searched for an idea that would reach a wider group of participants and donors.  I figured everyone can do pushups.  So, on June 7, 2008, I rented the arena at Western Connecticut State University and held a pushup contest called "Pushing Past Autism" to raise money for The Dan Marino Foundation, The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism, and the Autism Society of Connecticut.  The donations we raised were far beyond our expectations thanks to the generosity of many people.     

Other Charities, Events and generous Friends who we support.  Please check out their websites.

August 22 - 28 - Westport, CT

The Cello Camp

Cellist, composer and teacher extraordinaire, Danielle Merlis ( ),  created "The Cello Camp" to share her passion for playing the cello with young musicians.  Participants will improve their cello technique and music reading skills, and they will also experience a unique cello ensemble that will combine classical training with a contemporary approach.

The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, founded by Paul Newman.
Details and registration information : 

The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is dedicated to providing “a different kind of healing” to seriously ill children and their families, free of charge.


ALS Finding a Cure® Foundation  The ALS Finding a Cure® Foundation's team of researchers is led by the Chief of the Neurology Department at Mass General.  ALS Finding a Cure® is a program of the Leandro P. Rizzuto Foundation.  It's sole mission is to fund ALS research to find a cure.  100% of donations go directly to funding ALS research. 

Champs Boxing Club / and the Youth Fighting Forward program -  Danbury, CT.   and!youth-fighting-forward/c8mn

Champs Boxing Club of Danbury, CT is a boxing gym that provides top instruction and training for competitive boxers, a few professional boxers, youths, and  fitness enthusiasts.  Champs Boxing Club's owners include a former professional sports team owner and manager, and a former professional boxer who has fought and trained with some of the most famous world champion boxers.  They and their team of coaches and senior athletes generously give support and guidance to young athletes so that they may have confidence and success in the gym and outside the gym in their personal lives.     

BEAST SKILLS Bodyweight Strength Training  Jim Bathurst is an impressive strength athlete, instructor, and trainer whose strength training blog has inspired and helped many people over the years.  He was one of the first supporters of the original 2008 Pushing Past Autism event.

Upcoming 5K charity runsthat Benny-the-Jet and I plan to run in are listed below.  Please consider running with us or donating to these worthy causes.  Check back often- we will be adding more.

This web page  provides weblinks and information for:

  • 5k charity runs and events that my son, Benny, and I plan to attend.  Come run with us. 

  • AUTISM SPECTRUM information and charities

  • other charity events and organizations that we support

  • our Pushing Past Autism running jerseys or T-shirts




Connecticut Center for Child Development, Inc.  The Connecticut Center for Child Development (CCCD) has provided a continuum of services for Individuals with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, High Functioning Autism, and related disorders and other co-occurring disorders.

June 4, 2016 - Saturday - 10 AM - Redding, CT

Mikey's Way Foundation - Miles for Smiles Off-Road 5k Run/Walk

Are you interested in purchasing one of our Pushing Past Autism running jerseys or T-shirts?   I do  not profit in any way from these - you pay exactly what I paid for the shirt.  The only thing I get out of it is that my web page address is printed on the back!  Check back on this website for an update regarding how you can purchase your shirts directly from my supplier.  I'm working on it and will arrange it when I get time.  In the meantime, I have a few extras- send me an email.

Click on the image thumbnails on the left to see photos from:

June 4, 2016 - Saturday - Sunday - 10 AM - Redding, CT
Miles 4 Smiles 5K - Mikey's Way Foundation

Click on the image thumbnails on the right to see photos from:

May 22, 2016 - Sunday - 10:13 AM - New York, NY

15th Annual NYPD Memorial 5k Run

Welcome to the PUSHING PAST AUTISM  web page!

from Weston, CT 

August 7, 2016 - Sunday - 8:30 AM - New York, NY

Sgt. Keith A. Ferguson 5K Run/Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge

Contact email: 

Please share your comments and questions with me.  Thanks. 

-Larry Cruz

Links and information related to the AUTISM SPECTRUM

The Lurie Center for Autism at Massachusetts General Hospital.

The Lurie Center for Autism is an integrated and multidisciplinary clinical, research, training and advocacy program dedicated to treating individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disorders. 

Please consider supporting The Lurie Center.  Your gift to MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) will support their comprehensive, compassionate clinical care model, advance their innovative research and help them continue caring for underserved children and their families locally and around the world.

You can make donations directly on the weblink above, or you can donate in Benny's name through the portal that is set up in his name through MassGeneral :

Autism Speaks.  Autism Speaks is the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.