Boy With Autism Makes History While on a Mission to Help Others
On August 1, 2014, roughly 500 cyclists took on a 105-mile bike ride in Washington, D.C., in a charity event for autism called “Bike to the Beach.” Among them was 10-year-old Cameron Parvizian, who has autism, and his dad, Allen. When the father-son duo crossed the finish line, Cameron became the youngest rider ever to complete the race.
Over the last five years, riders representing Parvizian’s team have raised over $280,000 for autism research, advocacy and awareness. Bike to the Beach, along with its partner, Autism Speaks, also has charity rides in New York City, Baltimore and Boston.
“I think that this story in particular is about not putting limits on your expectations of people,” Bike to the Beach’s Executive Director, Robby Walsh, told The Mighty. “It’s about not limiting what your child can do — not limiting what anyone can do — and supporting them in their goals and seeing where it goes.”