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Harvard Prof Loses Mustache for Autism Speaks

Posted by Kristin Concannon, research coordinator for the Infant Sibling Project, Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience, Children’s Hospital, Boston (second from right, back row)

My work gives me the opportunity to witness the importance of autism research first hand—through our work with affected children and their families.

So this year, when I registered for the New York Marathon, there was no question but that I would run to raise funds for Autism Speaks. When I set the goal of raising $2,000, our clinical coordinator jokingly asked our lab director, Charles Nelson, if he was willing to shave his mustache for Autism Speaks. [Editor’s Note: Renowned in the autism field, Charles Nelson, PhD, is a professor of pediatrics and neuroscience at Harvard Medical School, the chair of pediatric developmental medicine research at Children’s Hospital, Boston, and the recipient of three past Autism Speaks research grants.]

Now you have to understand that Chuck grew this mustache in 1978 and had NEVER shaved it off in all those years. He agreed on the spot—but only if I upped the fundraising ante to $5,000. He laughed, thinking there was no way I could raise that much money.

Soon after that, we created a Facebook group called: “Want to See Chuck Nelson without a Mustache and Support Autism Research at the same time?” The kicker was the “Pub Night” fundraising event at Clery’s, in Boston. That got me over the top.

True to his word, Dr. Nelson shaved his mustache in support of Autism Speaks on October 7th! “Talk about being exposed…” he said. Doesn’t look bad, does he?

I am proud to say that my fundraising has now topped $5,500. Will send you a photo from today’s race in New York!

  1. November 6, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    This is awesome!

  2. Claudia Concannon
    November 7, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Great job Kristin! We’re all so proud of you!

  3. Sarah
    November 9, 2011 at 6:40 am

    “Chuck grew this mustache in 1978 and had NEVER shaved it off ”

    Thank you Dr. Nelson and Ms. Concannon! What a fun fundraiser!

  4. January 27, 2012 at 4:29 am

    I’m training to run the NY Matathon in November, but my 40th birthday is on December 1st. I want to run 40 miles on my 40th birthday. I am interested in raising money for Autism through my blog on wordpress and through other social sharing networks. Will you please send me a message about how I can get involved in something like this? Kirby kirbsmobilefitness.com

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