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May 17, 2022

Colts Neck Resident Runs Boston Marathon to Support The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism

Bethanie Metz, of Colts Neck, competed in the 2022 Boston Marathon this April as a member of Dougie’s Team supporting The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism. Metz raised money to help the Flutie Foundation continue to fund programs that help people and families affected by autism live life to the fullest.

The Flutie Foundation provides direct financial support to families to relieve the financial burden of caring for a loved one with autism, and collaborative grant making to autism-serving organizations. The Flutie Foundation works toward creating opportunities for people with autism to lead lives where they are included, respected and engaged in their communities.

Metz has run 11 marathons, and it’s her goal to run one in each state.

“My best friend welcomed her first child, a beautiful baby girl named Lily. It became apparent after not hitting any milestones Lily was autistic,” Metz said. “With early intervention, she has come a long way from very little cognitive abilities to now responding to her name and some words. In honor of my best friend, I want to run this in her memory and for the incredible help foundations like the Flutie Foundation have done to help others with autism, like Lily.”

For more information on how to support Metz and Dougie’s Team, visit

Former NFL Quarterback, Doug Flutie, and his wife Laurie started the Doug Flutie, Jr. Flutie Foundation for Autism in 1998 after their son, Dougie, was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3. Their personal experience of raising a son on the autism spectrum inspired them to help others on an equally long and challenging journey. Over its 20-year history, the Flutie Foundation has distributed more than $15 million to schools and organizations who provide clinical therapies, respite services, recreational programs, social skills training, job supports and more for people affected by autism. The Flutie Foundation also provides education technology tools, adaptive camp scholarships, safety equipment, and direct family support through its partnerships and special initiatives.