Growing up in Hopkinton, attending the start of the race every year, I knew I also wanted to run. Last year I was able experience Boston. This year I am back as a qualified runner. I am running for the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation because it has a deep connection to me. I grew up with Aspergers. It went undiagnosed for most of my childhood. Upon diagnosis the challenges I grew up with that felt unique to me started to make more sense. Understanding that I was not alone in this daily struggle and connecting with others like me has made such a difference in my life. I want to continue to spread that message by running with the Doug Flutie Jr Foundation for Autism. I have lived my life overcoming difficult obstacles as a result of Aspergers, and in the last 12 months I have found s a new passion in long distance running. I want people to know, no matter who you are, if you put your mind to something you can achieve it!
Please considering donating to this great charity in honor of all of those affected by autism.
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.