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Eric Ferreira's Fundraiser:

Perkins Marathon Team 2016

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BENEFITING: Perkins School For The Blind

ORGANIZER: Perkins School For The Blind

EVENT: 2016 Boston Marathon

EVENT DATE: Apr 18, 2016

Eric Ferreira

THE STORY:

 

On March 31, 2006 our son Eric was born at Bethesda National Naval Medical Center.  After being told everything was perfect for the previous nine months, our world was soon flipped upside down.  Just twelve hours after birth, Eric stopped breathing and was rushed into the neonatal ICU.  After nine days of testing, we learned Eric had been born with a rare condition known at the time as Septo-Optic Dysplasia, causing him to be completely blind and unable to produce life sustaining hormones.

At just twenty three years old, Becky and I were just learning to take care of ourselves, never mind another human life.  We had been preparing our home, lives, and expectations on raising a “typical” child.  None of our preparation could have equipped us for this.  Not once had we even considered the thought of having an “atypical” child.  None of the books we had read went over anything like this.

As if this wasn’t enough to deal with, I was also leaving a short month later.  You see, Becky and I were a dual-military family.  She was an active duty Airman, stationed just outside Baltimore, Maryland, while I was a reserve Marine in the same area.  On May 1st of that year, I was activated to prepare for my second deployment to Iraq, leaving Becky to work and care for Eric on her own, ten hours away from any family who could help.

Luckily, the Air Force took pity on us and discharged Becky so she could care for Eric.  As I watched from afar, Becky and Eric moved back to our home in Methuen.  Becky began working tirelessly to find whatever resources she could to assist with raising and teaching Eric.  She quickly found Early Intervention who urged her to contact Perkins School for the Blind for support.  Not three months after being born, Eric and Becky were introduced to Rose, a Teacher for the Visually Impaired who conducted home visits. Through Rose’s tough love and support, we began to learn how to navigate our world as the parents of a child who was blind.

During this same time period, we began a Perkin’s sponsored parents’ support group. The parents we met during this time helped us through the grieving process many fathers and mothers of special needs parents go through. We have watched many of their children grow and thrive through the past nine years and are grateful for lifelong friendships made.

At three years of age, Eric transitioned into the Early Learning Center at Perkin’s Watertown Campus. We were quickly introduced to Perkin’s mission to prepare children and young adults who are blind with the education, confidence and skills they need to realize their potential. The teachers, aids, and specialists in the ELC taught Eric his first use of sign language. A skill that would improve his life greatly as he slowly lost the ability to verbally communicate.

Currently, Eric is a nine year old at Perkin’s Lower School. His most cheerful and proudest moments are spent doing his happy dance and navigating his way through campus, sometimes backwards, with the use of his white cane.

I am training to run as a member of Team Perkins during the 2016 Boston Marathon® to raise funds to support Perkins' programs and services on campus, in the community and around the world.  All funds raised will be used to help children and young adults who are blind reach their full potential.

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart. –Helen Keller

$10,368

MONEY RAISED
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  • The Noonan Family

    $100

  • Chuck and Judy Lecesse

    $100

  • Dan & Kim Masse

    $100

  • Alagappan Family

    $50

  • Jeff Rubino

    $25

  • Bill & Brenda Greenwood

    $100

  • Karen Nigrelli

    $50

  • Nai Nai & Poppie

    $1,000

  • Kevin Mahoney

    $50

  • Fitz

    $50

  • The Elliott Family

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Tom R

    $35

  • Christine Precott

    $50

  • Nikki & Kenny Pilz

     

  • Cara & Rob

    $200

  • Gehl's

    $100

  • Courtney Sott

    $20

  • Mary Ellen Bernier

    $25

  • Teresa Kenney

    $50

  • Megan Walsh

    $100

  • Kevin and Michelle Ducie

    $50

  • Jennifer Siff

    $50

  • Adam and Danielle

     

  • Alfred J. Torrisi

    $100

  • Barbaria

    $200

  • Louise Elliott

    $100

  • Jim

    $100

  • Tony and Joanne Rossi

    $100

  • Justine & Paul Marsan

    $50

  • Jane and Wendell Berthelsen

    $50

  • MaryBeth & Jeff Murphy

    $25

  • The Campo Family

    $20

  • Renee & Ryan Fontaine

    $25

  • Beth Brown

    $100

  • Nancy and George Enos

    $100

  • The Jamgochian Family

    $50

  • Isabel & Artie Tourkantonis

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Jen $ John Ferreira

    $100

  • Mark Woods

    $50

  • Nick Conway

    $50

  • The Segattos

    $100

  • Bill Kannan

    $50

  • Rich Sawyer

    $100

  • Ventrillo family

    $100

  • Frank LaScola

    $100

  • Mark Jackson

    $50

  • Molly Wells

    $50

  • Prindle Family

    $50

  • marsha lipomi

    $25

  • Donald Craig

    $100

  • Kim saba

    $50

  • Lisa Alaimo

    $50

  • Erin Calder

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Eric Clemenzi

    $155

  • Tyler Casey

    $50

  • John and Lorraine ferreira

    $100

  • Steve Murphy

     

  • Rita Occhipinti

    $25

  • Hudson NH Police Relief Association

    $250

  • Anonymous

    $15

  • Jennie Lynch & Alec Bull

    $25

  • Kater, Josh and Otis Desrochers

    $50

  • Leanna Clemmey

    $25

  • From Eric's school bus mate, Alexis!

    $50

  • Joe and Jackie cahill

    $50

  • JP

    $25

  • The Pizzas

    $200

  • Marissa Jenkins

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Joel Boutin

    $25

  • Marathon Team T-Shirt Sales

    $865

  • Ann Ross

    $100

  • Methuen Police Patrolmans Union

    $500

  • Methuen Police Sup Officers Association

    $250

  • Dennis & Mary Ferreira

    $100

  • Gina, Sydney, Connor Scanlon

    $25

  • Patrick & Kate Waldron

    $50

  • Michael Farelli III

    $50

  • Ed and Joan Mueskes

    $50

  • Carney-Jaranian Family

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Matt and Erin St. Jean

    $50

  • Matt Tarness

    $25

  • Marie Petrulavage

    $50

  • Enexis & Evan

     

  • Gunter Fanily

    $50

  • Sam & Roberta Orsini

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $35

  • Ashley+Chris+Hollis+Doreen+Everett McBride & Lindsey+Eric+Reilly+Trevor+Pat

    $200

  • Karpowicz Family

    $25

  • Team Perkins Boston Marathon Celebrity Auction

    $333

  • Anonymous

    $75

  • Leo McCue

    $100

  • Maureen & Joe Ferreira

    $100

  • Eyal

    $25

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138% Raised of$7,500 Goal

The Team: $25,940 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Eric Ferreira

Amount Raised

$10,368

 

138% Raised of$7,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Joseph Metzger

Amount Raised

$8,524

 

107% Raised of$8,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Dan ONeil

Amount Raised

$7,048

 

108% Raised of$6,500 Goal

Donor Comments

Eyal

Eyal

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Maureen & Joe Ferreira

Maureen & Joe Ferreira

DONATION: $100

Good luck Eric & God bless you 3 years ago

Leo McCue

Leo McCue

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $75

3 years ago

Team Perkins Boston Marathon Celebrity Auction

Team Perkins Boston Marathon Celebrity Auction

DONATION: $333

3 years ago

Karpowicz Family

Karpowicz Family

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $35

Rihanna Santiago 3 years ago

Sam & Roberta Orsini

Sam & Roberta Orsini

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Gunter Fanily

Gunter Fanily

DONATION: $50

3 years ago