Every day we like to shine a spotlight on people doing amazing work — both with Charity Miles and without. Today we’re featuring Denise Claycomb, a mother of two children on the Autism spectrum who runs 13 miles every day to raise money and awareness for Autism Speaks.
Here’s what she had to say:
What is your greatest accomplishment as of late?
My greatest accomplishment is hard to answer. I feel like I am a constant work in progress and don’t look at anything as being my one great accomplishment. I hope to one day look back on my life experiences and say that my life with my family has been my greatest accomplishment.
How did you achieve it?
I go about achieving that through taking each day one at a time. Having children on the spectrum — who like a schedule and things to fall a certain way — it can be difficult to do anything but the same thing day in and day out. But I try to show my children that it is okay to go out of your comfort zone; that all things in life bring changes and you can either adapt to it or resist…but to grow as a person you need to grow with the change. When I run and push myself to go a further distance or faster pace or a different challenge I hope I am showing my children that they too can do great things in their lives by finding it within themselves to push past the resistance to change.
What motivates you to make the world a better place?
Most definitely my two boys. How I act and what I do makes a impression on them. How I act and/or react in this life directly affects the person that they are. If I am doing more to make this world a better place through my actions then In turn I am showing them how important that is for them to do also. It could be as small as showing another person an act of kindness by helping out a neighbor or person in need or by helping on a big community project. Big or small, it matters and makes a difference — just like I am doing with running for Charity Miles. My running may be small, but together all of us can make a huge impact.
What do you do to stay healthy and fit?
I run a lot of miles, which keeps me fit both mentally and physically.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Treat others the way you would want to be treated.
What’s your favorite aspect of using Charity Miles?
My favorite aspect of Charity Miles is what I said above: My miles may be minimal by themselves, but athletes can make a huge impact to help so many different charities we all come together.
Who do you exercise for, and why?
I run for Autism Speaks mostly. I run for that charity for my two boys on the autism spectrum. I run for Autism Speaks for the other families I know an have met that have children on the spectrum.