WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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bench proudly sporting the team jacket, attending team dinners, and celebrating with teammates at the end-of-season banquet. While appre- ciative of the opportunities, Will desperately wanted to be off the side- lines and on the roster. Wellesley's Athletic Director (AD) John Brown made it happen dur- ing that fateful game against Brookline High. "As meaningful as this is for Will, the real benefit goes to what these boys on both teams are going to remember about courage and empathy," commented Linda Waters, Wellesley's Director of Student Services to the The Wellesley Townsman about the far-reaching impact of the AD's decision. "Where There's a Will, There's a Liz." Days after he was born, Will began to have seizures and stopped breath- ing. "It's a miracle he didn't die," explains Liz Fahey, Will's devoted mother. "Where there's a Will, there's a Liz." That's the line that should accompany any mention of Will's determination. When asked what he "Where There's a Will, There's a Way." This subtle twist on a well-known proverb tops the November 2012 Wellesley Townsman article celebrating Will Fahey's debut performance as a Wellesley High School (WHS) varsity football player. An offensive running back in the game against Brookline High School, Will took the handoff from quarterback Chris Sarni and ran for a first down to the right sideline amidst wild cheering. During that 2012 game, Will was a 17-year-old high school student who loved sports and especially the game of football. But until that scrimmage against Brookline, he was previously confined to WHS foot- ball fan, not player. That's because Will was born with cerebral palsy and has both physical and cognitive challenges. Back in 2006, Fahey family friend and WHS quarterback, Brendan Brooks, approached Coach Bill Tracey, advocating for a way to make Will part of the WHS football team. For six years prior to the pivotal 2012 game, Will was an honorary member of the team, sitting on the An Interview with Will Fahey and Liz Packer Fahey Super Sports Enthusiast E L I Z A B E T H S U N E B Y writer / P H O T O G R A P H Y C O U R T E S Y O F T H E F A H E Y F A M I L Y 86 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 8

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