My Son’s Autism Inspired Me to Run Marathons

Everyday Health: By Chris Beck, Special to Everyday Health

Hi, I’m Chris. My wife, Melissa, and I have an 11-year-old son, Owen Honor Beck. He’s awesome. Owen has an equally awesome twin sister, Jessica.

Unfortunately, Owen and Jessica don’t get to see each other much anymore. That’s because Owen has autism, and an awful lot of communication and behavioral challenges. Some of his behaviors got to be so challenging that about 18 months ago, we placed him in a residential program where he now lives with some other really great kids with autism.

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