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April 18, 2017
BENEFITING: DOUG FLUTIE JR FOUNDATION FOR AUTISM INC
ORGANIZER: DOUG FLUTIE JR FOUNDATION FOR AUTISM INC
EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
As a New England native & a Boston College graduate, I grew up (as most of us are) a Doug Flutie super fan, so I am both honored & thrilled to be running the 2017 Boston Marathon for the Flutie Foundation! This will be my 2nd Boston Marathon & my 1st time fundraising for the Flutie Foundation. Last year, I learned that the training & running were both the easy & the hard part, but it was the fundraising & charitable giving that were the most rewarding part of the journey. I learned that there was so many wonderful charities out there & even more wonderful people who were willing to support them. I know full well what’s ahead of me & as I did last year, I will tackle the training with determination, I will fundraise with my heart & I will run the 2017 Boston Marathon with happiness & pride. The Flutie Foundation is particularly special to & the cause is personal. Statistics today show that 1 in 68 kids in the U.S. are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
When I was completing the application to join Dougie’s Boston Marathon Team, I clearly remember one question in particular, “Are you personally affected by autism?” I pondered that question for some time before answering it. Yes, I am personally affected by autism; I am affected in the most amazing way. Like any parent, when you get a diagnosis of ASD, so many emotions went through my mind. I was shocked, sad & devastated at first. I quickly realized that the diagnosis doesn’t change who Declan is whatsoever, he was still the funny, smart, affectionate adorable boy he was before, so I shifted gears to, what can I do as his parent to help him succeed? Throughout pre-school & this year into first grade, he has received excellent services & has been blessed with supportive & loving teachers. He continues to make wonderful progress, his older sisters have been invaluable peer models & we have learned so much about autism as a family. Declan is one very special boy, he may not have taken the same path so far that my girls have, but his path is no different in terms of the love & joy that he brings to our family & to my heart each day. I wouldn’t change one thing about him, it is an honor to be his mom!
“The goal of the Flutie Foundation is to help families affected by autism live life to the fullest. Through our programs and partnerships, we help people with autism get access to care; lead more active lifestyles; and grow toward adult independence.”
Please consider supporting me in making a donation to this incredible charity & support all of the Flutie Foundation families. And watch for my many MANY posts from now until April 17, 2017 about my marathon journey!
As always, my heartfelt thanks!