During his 12 years in the National Football League, Jim Everett played against top quarterbacks who have autistic children – Dan Marino and Doug Flutie among them.
Everett’s wife, Rachel, has a godson who is autistic. Their close friends Pat and Stephanie McIlvaine have an autistic son, Dylan.
The Everetts and the McIlvains – both couples live in San Clemente – have watched Dylan, who will turn 11 next month, and the Everetts’ daughter, Alexandra, 11, grow up together. Alexandra is not autistic.
“We’ve seen the challenges that Pat and Stephanie have had to make,” Jim Everett said. “We progressed through the years where there’s normal development, and then there’s a fork in the road. It’s a very close personal experience.”Everett is hosting this year’s fundraiser, “Ante Up for Autism,” for Costa Mesa-based organization Talk About Curing Autism, set for Nov. 13 at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa in Dana Point.