Hi I’m Jennifer! My son Sully and I are raising money for the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism, and I will be running the 2019 Boston Marathon with Dougie’s Team!
We so appreciate your donation and support! If you would like, you can also join Sully’s Team and raise money for the foundation while running in any race – 5K’s, 10K’s, half marathons, or even a marathon!
Sully was diagnosed with Level 1 Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and anxiety in April 2018, at the age of five. From an early age, I have worried about Sully’s social development. Everyday activities that other parents seemed to enjoy with their kids presented challenges and frustration for us. Birthday parties caused Sully anxiety and he refused to participate in the activities like singing, bouncy houses, sports, and face painting. Although he loved trucks and could obsessively list the functional details of each one, he was terrified at the local touch a truck event and would not participate. I felt like I was a failure and felt isolated and alone in my struggles. I repeatedly expressed my concerns to his pediatrician, but they were brushed aside. Everyone kept saying it would get easier, but it never did. Sully also suffered from chronic ear infections and respiratory issues. He has had a total of six surgeries, including ear tube placements and an adenoidectomy. Sully also has strabismus, and wears glasses to correct it. Due to his hearing loss, Sully’s language development was delayed.
In school, Sully began having behavioral problems in the classroom. It hurt me every time I heard about his inabilities to conquer his fears or to control his anger against his teachers and classmates. I found Sully a therapist and began taking him to weekly sessions to talk about processing his emotions, but without a diagnosis, it was hard to get him all the necessary help. Finally, after eight months on the waiting list, Sully had a neuropsych evaluation in April, and received his diagnosis.
Since then, he has had access to more help both in the school system and privately, and we are astounded by his improvement. We feel fortunate to have access to such wonderful resources, and I believe that raising money for the Doug Flutie Foundation for Autism will help make these resources available to more people.
To follow my training journey, please visit my blog: https://morecowbellrunningblog.blogspot.com/
Thank you and see you at the finish line!
About the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Austism:
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.