Griffin’s Story

In June, 2009, our 2-year-old son, Griffin, was diagnosed with autism. That was a day that we will never forget. After a diagnosis like that, you can only imagine what raced through our minds. What will his life be like? Will he have friends? Will he live independently one day?

After mourning over the diagnosis, we quickly looked into any and all therapies and resources that would help our son. We found help, but we had to travel to different cities and states to find the services Griffin needed. My heart was bursting to get EVERYTHING we could possibly need, right here in the Pee Dee.

Pacing 4 Pieces came about because of our desire to bring more services and resources to the area, and my lifelong love of running. Funds from this race have helped to raise Autism Awareness in our local ASD Community and make this dream of ours a reality!

In 2016, I joined All 4 Autism as the Outreach Coordinator, and could not be more thrilled to be able to work in the community helping other family members and caregivers that are affected by ASD. Proceeds from Pacing 4 Pieces help to fund the Autism Resource Center of the Pee Dee, which we opened in April of 2017. Our center provides resources, support services, workshops and referrals for those with autism, and their families. All of our programs are free and open to the public.

Pacing 4 Pieces has grown beyond our wildest dreams. We are so thankful for the support from our community and look forward to increasing opportunities and partnerships though this race. Come out and join us as we celebrate our amazing ASD Families!!


-Amy Pennington