Ana Lyon Runs the 2021 Boston Marathon for UOD

Photo of Ana Lyon, a woman who is smiling and wearing running clothes. She has a race number on her shirt and is holding her arms up in victory.

Ana Lyon is proud to be running for UOD on Monday, October 11, 2021.

Hi Everyone!!

I am so excited to be running the 2021 Boston Marathon in support of Understanding Our Differences (UOD). UOD is an organization that brings disability awareness curricula to schools. The curriculum teaches children to see the whole person and better understand the disability. It covers Visual and Hearing Impairment, ASD, Physical, Intellectual and Learning Disabilities, Allergic Conditions, Asthma, Diabetes, and Epilepsy. 

Our son was diagnosed with ASD at 20 months. The diagnosis felt like a ton of bricks but we have seen him grow tremendously and develop into a funny and caring little boy. One of my fears has been how others will react when he acts “different.” While we find it endearing, others might think it’s odd when he goes on and on with mental math or refuses to use hand dryers or suddenly covers his ears when a particular sound scares him. But knowing that there are programs like UOD out there that teach children to be allies to those with disabilities gives me some peace of mind.

–Ana Lyon

Help her reach her fundraising goal of $5,000.

“Not only do I want my children to be treated kindly and with respect, but I also want them to reciprocate. I want them to be inclusive and friendly to others regardless of their abilities. This is why providing them the education and resources to make them comfortable and accepting of others with disabilities is so important. Please consider making a donation and help us develop respectful and inclusive communities! Thank you for your time. See you at the finish line”
— Ana Lyon

Donate online:

Or mail your check to:

Understanding Our Differences
P.O. Box 600671
Newton, MA 02460
Attn: Boston Marathon – Ana Lyon