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 be running in the FICPA race in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on April 27, 2019 to raise funds for the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism. The Flutie Foundation was founded by former NFL quarterback Doug Flutie, whose son Doug, Jr. has autism. The Foundation has raised and distributed millions of dollars in support of people and families affected by autism. With his own history of overcoming disabilities, Eric is excited raise funds for this worthy cause.
Eric also has one more big dream - to run in the Boston Marathon. Despite posting good times in his marathons, he has not qualified to compete in Boston. Fortunately, there is another way to run in Boston and benefit a worthy charity at the same time. Many charities are allocated entries, provided participants raise meaningful funds. Securing the entries are very competitive for runners, so Eric is being proactive in the FICPA race and proving that in addition to being an accomplished runner, he also has the ability to raise funds for a charity.
We know that this effort will support a worthy organization, the Flutie Foundation, today. We are hopeful it will also increase Eric’s chances of being selected to join a charity team for the 2020 Boston Marathon, when charities begin accepting applications in September. Thank you in advance for your support.