By Peyton Heller
Particular Olympics Massachusetts Growth Intern
Elizabeth Downs began getting concerned with Particular Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA) when her cousin, Andrew Lawson, joined a number of years in the past. “I obtained concerned with Particular Olympics by my cousin Andrew. I’d attend his swimming occasions and simply be blown away on the pleasure of the athletes, coaches, and spectators.”
Elizabeth is a part of the 2017 Xtra Mile workforce for the Falmouth Highway Race. With this being her third time working this race, she makes use of the motivation from Andrew to proceed working. “This 12 months my motivation behind Falmouth is my cousin Andrew. Andrew has been a Particular Olympics athlete for a number of years now. During the last two years he has been battling most cancers. He’s such a fighter! My aunt talked about to me that Particular Olympics had a workforce, and as quickly as I used to be off the cellphone together with her, I stuffed out my software. What higher technique to honor my pal than to run for the very group that has given him so many great, comfortable alternatives.”
Working together with her finest good friend, Jill Stone, who can be aside of the Xtra Mile workforce, Elizabeth could be very excited to have the chance to run this race as soon as once more. “I’ve run Falmouth twice. The occasion is wonderful. The group is excellent. Simply pray that it’s not too sizzling!!!”
Whereas Elizabeth has continued to observe Andrew compete in occasions over time, her love for Particular Olympics has grown tremendously. She is grateful for the alternatives that Particular Olympics has given Andrew. “One phrase that involves thoughts after I consider Particular Olympics is “inspirational”. Particular Olympics is a tremendous group. The alternatives they supply for his or her athletes are countless. I’ve been to a number of occasions and each time I watch athletes compete, cheer on their fellow teammates, and obtain their medals I’m left with a sense of absolute amazement. One other phrase that involves thoughts after I consider Particular Olympics is “neighborhood.” The sense of household that they’ve offered for households with kids which can be disabled is one thing that most individuals are extremely grateful for.”
The inspiration Elizabeth receives from Andrew isn’t solely associated to working, but additionally to her job. Elizabeth labored for North River Collaborative as an ABA therapist after she graduated from school however turned an inclusion instructor three years later. Since then, she has been working at Cedar Elementary, switching between 2nd and third grade. She thanks Andrew for uplifting her to grow to be a instructor. “The inspiration for changing into a instructor was my cousin, Andrew Lawson. Andrew was born on March 19, 1990, and from the second I met him, an curiosity sparked with reference to his early intervention and therapies. I knew it was the trail I needed to purse. Via Andrew’s dad and mom I used to be launched to what Particular Olympics was, and what number of great alternatives it offers to kids with disabilities.”
Particular Olympics Massachusetts thanks you to your help and needs you the very best of luck on race day, Elizabeth!
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