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.

October 1, 2016 - Saturday - 8 am - Wilton, CT

Circle of Care 5K

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

15th Annual NYPD Memorial 5k Run

October 30, 2016 - Sunday - 3 PM - New Canaan, CT

New Canaan Police Pumpkin Chase

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

October 16, 2016 - Sunday - 9 AM - Wilton, CT

Woodcock Nature Center Fundraiser "Where the Wild Things Run" 5K

Click on any photo thumbnail to see a larger image.   

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 many challenges in our personal lives and on our resources.  I felt the need to help others who have to deal with the same situation.  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.     

RECENT RUNS in 2016 :

November 24, 2016 - Thursday, THANKSGIVING DAY- 8 AM - Redding, CT 

The Great Turkey Escape 5K

*NOTE - for this run, like last year, we ask that you make a donation to Mass General's Lurie Center for Autism though the donation page we set up in Benny's name: 

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.

March 5, 2017 - Sunday - New York City

CLIMB TO THE TOP 2017 - stair run up to the roof of Rockefeller Center - National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Check out our personalized donation page:

September 11, 2016 - Sunday - 9 AM - Fairfield, CT

CancerCare® 10th Annual Fairfield Walk/Run for Hope

August 7, 2016 - Sunday - 8:30 AM - New York, NY
Sgt. Keith A. Ferguson 5K Run/Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge

My son's autism has inspired us to work hard at building his confidence and overcoming our challenges by participating in charity running events to help others.  Please consider supporting these charities, running with us, and helping us spread some love. 

If you would like to add a weblink to a charity event or charity website please send a message with your suggestion.  My website is averaging several hundred visits per month. 


UPCOMING RUNS !  Come run with us or consider making a donation!

September 17, 2016 - Saturday - 9 am - Fairfield, CT

Only You Foundation 5K - helping children with special needs

Other Charities, Events and generous Friends who we support. 

Please check out their websites.

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research

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. 

American Parkinson Disease Association - Connecticut Chapter

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

AUTISM RUNNERS - The Schneider Twins, Alex and Jamie  Read about and be inspired by these talented brothers ! Their amazing parents, while facing their own serious challenges with multiple sclerosis and breast cancer, supported and nurtured their sons to greatness.  Here's their story, in their mother's words:     

Contact email: 

Please share your comments and questions with me.  Thanks. 

-Larry Cruz

August 11, 2016 - Thursday - 7 PM - New York,NY  

Michael J. Fox Foundation - NYC Fox Trot 5K for Parkinson's Disease

our donation page is here :




So why was Ben running in Converse Chuck Taylors in the photo on the right???  It was his first race (age 7) and we didn't have running shoes for him that day.  I couldn't let him be the only one runnning in Chuck Ts, so we both did!

Welcome to the PUSHING PAST AUTISM  web page!

from Weston, CT