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Megan Mahnks

Megan Mahnks
Stoneham, MA United States
CROWDRISING SINCE: Oct 05, 2018
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Running has always been a huge part of my life and I am proud of completing 3 Boston Marathon races already. However, It’s been 7 years since my last marathon.

Running took a backseat when trying to start my family. That journey was longer and harder than expected, but nevertheless I had my son, Danny on 1/13/2016 and on 9/22/2017, my daughter, Fiona. While pregnant with my daughter, I had a feeling Danny had some developmental delays and at times I questioned autism. Call it a mother’s intuition. 

We started early intervention right before the birth of Fiona. Then 6 Months later, Danny was diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, the day after the 2018 Boston marathon. 

After Danny’s diagnosis, I had a few days of being sad and fearful for his future. I then decided to try to learn everything I could about ASD and how to best help my son. I went to my local library and took out some books. In one book I read about the Flutie family, and how they started the Doug Flutie jr. foundation in 1988. This is when I decided I would start running again because I was so inspired by the positivity and generosity spread by this family and foundation. 

Most people are shocked to hear Danny has autism, and most people would probably never know. 

The truth is he works incredibly hard every day. He attends a special preschool part time and has early intervention services where he receives speech and occupational therapy, as well as exposure to social groups. Watching my son has made me passionate about autism awareness and I am thankful to the wonderful people in this community. 

I am committed to help raise money towards resources, education, awareness and acceptance. I am so honored to be running the marathon on Dougie’s team.  Thank you in advance for helping support this cause and helping me meet my fundraising goal, your generosity is greatly appreciated. 

 

 

Megan
Mahnks

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Megan Mahnks' Fundraisers

Dougie's 2019 Boston Marathon Team

Dougie's 2019 Boston Ma…

Amount Raised:

$1,305

 

13% Raised of $10,000 Goal