Former Westborough Teacher Takes On Two Marathons For Charity

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Former Westborough special education teacher Alison L'Heureux is planning to run two marathons in 13 days to support autism. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — Running the Boston Marathon for the fifth time isn't enough for former Fales Elementary special education teacher Alison L'Heureux, so she'll travel 3,000 miles to run another two weeks later.

L'Heureux plans to run the Boston Marathon for the fifth consecutive year, and the Big Sur Marathon in California 13 days later, all the while raising money for the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism. 

"Last year was an unbelievable journey, and through everyone's amazing support, I was able to raise more than $10,000 for the wonderful organization," said L'Heureux through her fundraising page

This year L'Heureux has a goal of $4,000 through either monetary donations or redeemable cans. As of Monday, she collected a total of $2,641.

L'Heureux's mother, Sue L'Heureux, said there were more than 10,000 cans collected during her daughter's 2011 fundraising campaign. 

"Her car is always filled with them," Sue L'Heureux said. "She picks them up at people's houses, they drop them off at hers, she gets them at church, she gets them at school. Everyone is saving their cans and bottles for her."

"Her biggest venture was to rent a U-Haul truck and pick them up at Gillette Stadium. She processed over 8,000 cans, taking all week to sort, bag and return them," Sue L'Heureux said. 

Alison L'Heureux, who now lives in Providence, R.I., has worked with autistic children for three years, and said on her page that one of her "greatest joys" is teaching children with little to no verbal skills how to effectively communicate through technology.

This will be the second year L'Heureux plans to run on "Dougie's Team."

"Together we have the ability to change a lot, by giving a little," she said. Please start saving all those cans and bottles for me." 

Sue L'Heureux said anyone wishing to donate cans locally can drop them off at 1055 Marston Road in Whitinsville. 

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