When Eric was 4 years old, he was diagnosed with developmental disabilities and ADHD. His parents were told he would never graduate from high school, drive a car, or be able to live independently. Eric and his parents never accepted those limitations on his future: with the help of amazing special education teachers and a never-quit attitude, Eric graduated from high school, got his driver’s license, and leads a productive, independent life.
In 9th grade, Paul Fecteau, the Coral Springs High School (in Florida) track and cross-country coach, took an interest in Eric and encouraged him to become a runner. That changed his life forever. With Coach Fecteau's patient teaching, Eric was on the track and cross-country teams for four years and earned a varsity letter as a Junior and as a Senior.
Running has been Eric's life since high school. He has given back to his school by being a volunteer assistant coach on the track and cross-country teams since his graduation in 2000, coaching the members of his team to District, Regional, and State success. Eric has run in many 5K races and has competed well in 6 marathons and half marathons, including the Chicago Marathon, the San Francisco Half Marathon, and the Disney Marathon and Half Marathon.
Eric will experience his greatest dream on April 20, 2020 by running in the Boston Marathon as a member of the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism. You can help Eric give back to this wonderful charity by clicking on the "Donate" tab on the right.
Here is more infomation about the Foundation:
Former NFL Quarterback, Doug Flutie, and his wife Laurie started the Doug Flutie, Jr. Flutie Foundation for Autism in 1998 after their son, Dougie, was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. Their personal experience of raising a son on the autism spectrum inspired them to help others on an equally long and challenging journey. Over its 20-year history, the Flutie Foundation has distributed over $14 million to schools and organizations who provide clinical therapies, respite services, recreational programs, social skills training, job supports and more for people affected by autism.
The Flutie Foundation also provides education technology tools, adaptive camp scholarships, safety equipment, and direct family support through its special programs. The Flutie Foundation’s newest initiative, Flutie Spectrum Enterprises, will help create businesses to employ adults with autism.
Learn More | www.flutiefoundation.org
The Flutie Foundation is proud to participate in the Boston Athletic Association’s Official Charity Program.