My son Andrew earned the right. Just like every qualifier for the 2019 Boston Marathon – on Patriot’s Day April 15th.
But he’s different than the other elite runners. That’s because he’s lived with the effects of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome since birth. And his first three months of life added layer upon layer of early trauma.
After his third marathon, he was offered a charity bib after missing the qualifying standard by 44 seconds. His response.
I want to make it on my own.
On his fifth marathon, he did – nearly eight minutes under the qualifying standard.
No doubt, many years of supports made this accomplishment possible.
His family believes in him. Special Olympics believes in him. The November Project believes in him. Elite Indianapolis runners Jesse Davis, Blake Roberson and David Robinson believe in him.
Let’s celebrate the moment with Andrew as he gives a voice to many. Share this post to make others aware. Every child – regardless of disability – has strengths, if we take time to become involved.
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The inspirational PBS-Bloomington documentary of Andrew’s Boston quest appears below.
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To follow Craig’s journey in raising his six children with special needs, click here: Adopting Faith: A Father’s Unconditional Love
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To watch Andrew’s amazing ESPN 14-minute documentary, click here. Andrew Peterson ESPN Documentary