Daughter gives Jets exec reason to run

Matt Higgins racing in the ING New York City Marathon to help find a cure for autism

Updated: November 4, 2011, 4:19 PM ET
By Jane McManus | ESPNNewYork.com

RED BANK, N.J. -- It has only been five months since 3-year-old Collette first met the gaze of her parents Michele and Matt Higgins. Before that, the autistic child sang and played, walked and spoke, but it was all seemingly apart from the world right in front of her. A chance discovery -- her low cholesterol level -- led to a therapy that changed everything.

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