Howard, joined by Paralympian, arrives Tuesday on Canada run

Run The Dream is a solo run across Canada by Jonathan Howard, 24, of Mis­sis­sauga in support of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) awareness.

Terry Robinson, a two-time Canadian Paralympian who uses a wheelchair for mobility, joined Run the Dream and will travel alongside Howard from Ottawa to Winnipeg.

To­gether, they will be welcom­ed at a public event at Mac­Donald Square (the civic centre) in Elora at 5pm on July 29. Howard will be officially wel­comed by Wellington Halton Hills MP Michael Chong and Centre Wellington Mayor Joanne Ross-Zuj. As well, local parents will share their experiences of autism in the community.

Run the Dream is a nine month run across Canada that began in St. John’s on March 25 and will finish in Victoria,  in late Decem­ber.

Howard has already covered over 2,700 km of the approximate 8,500 km journey and by journey’s end he will have visited more than 650 communities in 10 provinces.

The campaign is targeting $2.5-million in support of a variety of charities that work to assist children and families affected by ASD.

In partnership with Autism Society Canada, Howard is proud to dedicate his run to the cause and to children every-where

“I want children to dream like anything’s possible,” says Howard.“This run is my way of telling children and their parents to never stop dreaming.”

To date Howard has met with premiers and other political leaders. That has facilitated discus­sions regard­ing govern­ments’ approach to Autism and Autism Spec­trum Disorders (ASD).