CORTLAND, Ohio (WKBN) — A Trumbull County father of three is making the trek to Massachusetts next month to run in one of the biggest marathons in the country, but lacing up those sneakers and hitting the pavement on April 21 is also raising money for a cause that hits close to home.
David Deeter is preparing to run 26 .2 miles in the Boston Marathon.
“Most distance runners dream of going to the Boston but they never have the opportunity and to be honest, a few years ago I would have never thought I’d qualify,” said David Deeter.
With a finishing time of 3:6:52, Deeter qualified for Boston in Columbus, but this run for him means so much more. He’s raising money to also raise awareness for autism, which his 13-year-old daughter Saleen was diagnosed with when she was in the first grade.
“She has heightened senses; we call it her super powers,” said Deeter.
“It’s kinda like feeling different from all the others,” said Saleen Deeter.
“She’ll have days where they’re really good and she talks fairly normally to everybody and then there’s days where she can’t associate with anybody else because her senses, everything else around her is picking up on her,” said Deeter.
“It’s like having a sister that’s a superhero because her sense are more higher than ours,” said Sierra Deeter, Saleen’s sister.
All the money Deeter raises goes directly to the Organization for Autism Research. He’s raised more than $500 so far, which is higher than his initial goal.
“I think it’s amazing,” said Shelby Deeter, Saleen’s sister.
To help Deeter reach his $2,000 goal, you can donate on first giving.com. Just search for his name and Cortland.