I am excited to be running the Boston Marathon for a second time to benefit The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism. I am running in honor of my son, and my superhero, William. Having a child with autism is akin to running a marathon. It’s not a sprint, it’s going the distance and often it’s not easy. Pushing through to that next mile takes on a whole new meaning as a parent of an autistic child.
Hearing the diagnosis for the first time was incredibly overwhelming. There was no clear cut path on what to do next. How would we begin to navigate exactly what William needed? We were so grateful for the organizations in our community that helped us as we began our journey, and for continuing to to provide us with much needed support today. The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism is one such organization. They are here to help enrich the lives of families living with autism through recreational, vocational and educational endeavors, recognizing that every individual with autism deserves the right to live the best life possible.
When I look back on when we first received the diagnosis to where we are today, I feel a sense of relief. William truly is living the best life possible. My little boy has grown into a strong, happy, 10-year-old who never complains and is always ready to keep on going. So when I lace up my sneakers in a few weeks, I will be thinking of William and so many others affected by Autism who never give up in their marathon of life.
The 120th Boston Marathon will be held on April 18, 2016. Dougie’s Team will be represented by 15 runners, with the goal of raising $250,000 for the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism.
To support Dougie’s Team and runners like Lauren, please visit http://www.kintera.org/faf/home/ccp.asp?ievent=1150053&ccp=646889.