WolvesCare Hero In The Making: Eric Ferlauto

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Lindsey LaBelle
Web Editorial Assistant


Eric Ferlauto has been forced to adapt to a life-altering condition, but that hasn’t stopped him from being a competitive athlete and helping other kids like him to follow suit.

Eric was recognized as a Hero In The Making, part of the FastBreak Foundation’s WolvesCare month presented by C.H. Robinson Worldwide. At every home game this month, a child persevering through a life-threatening or long-term illness will be honored on the Target Center floor and given the chance to see a Wolves game from a suite, meet their favorite players and take home some Wolves garb.

Eric was diagnosed at age four with Type 1 Diabetes and already, at 8 years old, he’s developed the daily disciplines required to maintain a happy, healthy lifestyle. Eric is insulin-dependent and must monitor his blood glucose levels every two to three hours.

“Like others with Type 1, he works hard every day to keep up with his regiments and is disciplined,” his dad said. “At age 8, he’s doing it all. He’s a good player and he’s a good boy.”

Eric is a student at Eden Lake Elementary school and is very active in youth hockey and basketball. His JDRF Family Walk team, “Eric’s Force,” is a top-ten fundraiser for the JDRF Minnesota/Dakotas chapter. JDRF is the leading global organization focused on Type 1 diabetes research. JDRF's research mission is to "discover, develop and deliver advances that cure, better treat and prevent type 1 diabetes."

Timberwolves president Chris Wright and C.H. Robinson representative Dan Kalscheur presented Eric with a Ricky Rubio jersey at center court.

WolvesCare month, presented by C.H. Robinson Worldwide, turns the FastBreak Foundation's attention to some of the Timberwolves' smallest fans, but those with the biggest hearts: children suffering with terminal of long-term illness. Through events at Target Center and around the community, the Foundation works to support and encourage these courageous children and their families, as well as raise awareness for some of the illnesses that impact their lives.

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