October 12, 2014

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Natick, MA – Football Legend, Doug Flutie ran his 15th annual 5K run hosted by his foundation, the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism on Sunday, October 5th. Over 1,000 runners joined him to help raise money and awareness for autism.

MetroWest News interviewed the former Natick High grad and member of the Canadian Football League Hall of Fame, Flutie, to talk about what he called a community event:

It’s my favorite event every year,” said the famed football star, “This (Natick) is my home and it always will be my home.

MetroWest News also met with Melissa Whalen who was captain of Team Ty, named after her son on the spectrum:

“It’s really emotional, hearing people yell my son’s name as I’m running. I want that awareness for everyone.”

This is Team Ty’s third run and this year the 32 runners/walkers included friends, family, and even some of Ty’s teachers.
Other runners included a team of education majors from Framingham State University who where inspired to participate by their special education professor James Cressey.

Cressey told MetroWest News:

“It’s a nice way for students to connect with families,”

Another team from FSU was heated by town native Julie Shooshanian who 17 people to run, jog, or walk.
Team Ty raised the most money with $3,000 making their team the biggest donator while the foundation hoped to raise $90,000 with registration fees, corporate sponsors like Eastern Bank, and individual fundraising.

The original article by Anamika Roy on the Taunton Daily Gazette website can be read here

Contributed by Audrey L. Hollingshead.


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