I am thrilled to once again run the Boston Marathon as a member of Dougie's Team in honor of my incredible son, Carter!
Carter was diagnosed with autism in 2014. The fear of not knowing what the future would hold for us was devastating. Trying to access services and get the help that we needed was, and is, a constant struggle. Any parent of a child with autism knows that strength and perseverance are essential in our mission to provide our children with the best lives possible. Even though our expectations have changed, I am so grateful for the young boy Carter has become. Every day this smart, funny, and magnetic boy reminds me that I am so lucky to have been given the opportunity to be his mom.
From infancy when we noticed something seemed different, to his diagnosis at two and a half, to the years that followed trying to navigate the world of autism, we have persevered and fought to give Carter the best possible shot at a happy and inclusive life. I feel so fortunate to be the mother of a child with autism, as it's taught me so much about strength, patience, and acceptance. I continue to struggle now and then with the thought that I may not be enough for Carter...that I may fail. But I will not let fear stop me. Training for and running the Boston Marathon is like being a parent of a child with autism...it requires strength, determination, and a great sense of humor. This experience is my opportunity to demonstrate to my children, and myself, that setting big goals and working hard will pay off...and that we are all stronger than we may think.
Please join me in supporting the Doug Flutie Jr Foundation for Autism in honor of Carter. The Flutie Foundation's mission is to improve the quality of life of people and families affected by autism through financial assistance, service organization funding, and advocacy!
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.