#TeamNECC is our hashtag for all the teams who participate in events to support autism education, research, and NECC, from small road races to local spelling bees to international marathons.

Each year a small group of athletes and fundraisers commits to joining #TeamNECC to run the Boston Marathon and raise $10,000 each. John Hancock, the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon, donates hundreds of entries each year to select non-profit organizations through their Marathon Non-Profit Program. NECC is fortunate to receive four bib numbers this year.

Meet our 2018 Marathon Runners!

Andrea Zuchora 


Andrea is a teacher at NECC and is fundraising to ensure her students have every opportunity to reach their potential.  We’re honored to have her on #TeamNECC!  Read Andrea’s story.





Pete McCoubrey 

Pete’s nephew was diagnosed with autism and received services through NECC where he made remarkable gains. Pete has taken on the challenge of running 26.2 miles and fundraising on behalf of NECC because he knows how important early services are to help children with autism.  Thank you Pete!  Read more about Pete. 





Owen McQuaid 

Owen has chosen to run on behalf of NECC to say thank you to the NECC faculty and staff who have helped his brother, Robbie, since he was 4 years old. Owen coaches for the Special Olympics, and in his free time enjoys running with his local running club. He’s completed the Bay State Marathon and has many 5Ks. Learn more about Owen.





Brian Abcunas 

Brian has two small children who have benefitted from @NECCforautism services and is fundraising in honor of the work we do at NECC.  We’re honored to have his support. Read Brian’s story.