On April 16, Mike Freni will his 11th Boston Marathon in support of the Lurie Center. Joined by his brothers, Rob and Chris, Joey’s Team is set to raise more than $10,000 to fund clinical support services. For Mike, running Boston each year provides a unique opportunity to raise autism awareness, and to support the multi-disciplinary clinical offerings at the Lurie Center. As the father of a child who has been treated at the Center, running hundreds of miles over the last decade in honor of his son has taken on a very special meaning for Mike and his family.

“For our family, the best part of [running and] raising funds for the Lurie Center is the knowledge that every dollar you raise goes towards helping families receive the wonderful care provided [there],” Mike reflects. “Each step we take is worthwhile knowing that it could be leading to the next breakthrough for families who are struggling with this complex disorder.”

Funds raised by runners on behalf of the Lurie Center benefit the multidisciplinary programs and clinical services at the center. This funding goes to benefit vital clinical programs such as the Family Support Services team, which helps parents and caregivers navigate everything from health care to housing and beyond for their loved ones with autism. These services,
which are a critical part of the unique, comprehensive care model at the Lurie Center, are made possible by philanthropy.