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9-Year-Old Boy With Autism, Cerebral Palsy Completes Marathon, Raises Over $100,000 for Charity

Tobias Weller, a 9-year-old boy with autism from England, completed a 26 mile marathon last month, raising more than $100,000 for charity.

Tobias Weller, a 9-year-old boy from England with autism and cerebral palsy, completed the final leg of a 26.2 mile marathon on May 31, raising $100,000 for charity. According to a report by, Tobias was inspired by Captain Tom Moore, a war veteran who walked laps in his garden ahead of his 100th birthday, raising millions for the U.K.’s National Health Service.

“I heard about Captain Tom and I thought why don’t I use my walker to try to complete a marathon by walking up and down my street every day,” Tobias was quoted as saying in Fox 59’S report. 

At the start of the Covid-19 lockdown, Tobias walked a maximum of 164 feet a day, but began walking half a mile a day as he grew closer to completing the marathon.

“Every bit of it has been totally awesome,” Tobias said. “I love it when my neighbors clap and cheer for me. I’m getting stronger and stronger every day. It’s such a good feeling.”

Thus far, Tobias has raised over $100,700 for charity, surpassing his target of £30,000 for Sheffield Children’s Hospital and Paces School, which supports children and adults with neurological conditions, including Tobias himself.

“I’m so, so pleased that he’s completed his marathon,” Tobias’s mother, Ruth Garbutt, said. “He’s done really well. He’s tried so hard all the way through. He’s really achieved a massive goal.”


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