Artist with autism running marathon to fundraise for The Arts of Life
The Arts of Life is proud to announce that Guy Conners will be running his second marathon! Guy (pronounced “Gee”) is an artist with autism and is once again running to raise money for The Arts of Life, a Chicagoland non-profit arts studio for adults with and without disabilities, at the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon on April 26 in Champaign, Illinois.
Guy Conners’ passion for running began nearly 10 years ago as an overweight child with autism. However, through his family’s support, local running groups, and high school cross country meets, Guy became motivated to take charge of his health and tap into his competitive side. Guy first ran the Christie Clinic Marathon in 2013 finishing at 3:27:04 and raised $4,200 for The Arts of Life. This year he is looking to beat both his previous race time and fundraising goal!
Guy joined The Arts of Life in 2012 as a volunteer but quickly made the transition to full-time artist. He has a natural talent and gains inspiration from photographic images such as places he has visited or scenes he has passed by on the street. “I like running marathons and raising money and sharing my artwork. I like canvas work and painting dogs”, said Guy when asked why he is running the Christie Clinic Marathon to fundraise for The Arts of Life.
The Arts of Life invites you to read Guy’s blog at artsoflife.org to find out more about his journey, how you can donate, and what your donation supports.
1) Submit a donation online at artsoflife.org/2014marathon
2) Mail a check or money order to:
The Arts of Life
Attn: Guy’s Marathon
2010 W Carroll Ave
Chicago, IL 60612
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The Arts of Life is an organization comprised of people with and without disabilities creating an artistic culture to realize their full potential. Founded in 2000, The Arts of Life was the first program in Chicago to provide employment in the arts for adults with developmental disabilities. The studios, located in Chicago and Glenview, serve as both an alternative day program and creative home for its artists. Funded partly by the Department of Human Services, The Arts of Life also greatly depends on fundraising efforts and grants to sustain its program. Artist's work can be viewed throughout Chicago at several local cafes and businesses.