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Our First Special Olympics
Our First Special Olympics

This year the Summer Special Olympics were held in Richmond, VA and we decided to volunteer to cheer on the teams that were participating. My son, Jaire, has Down syndrome and we were casually walking around waiting for the torch lighting ceremony. A boy walked up, playing with his medal from the previous year. Then he looked up and saw Jaire in his stroller. He yelled, "Mommy, mommy, look, he is just like me! Can I please give him my medal?" His mom and I tried to explain to him that he doesn't have to do that, but he insisted. He took it off and hung it around Jaire's neck and called him a winner. His actions set the tone for a great, awesome weekend. Here's to you, Jonathan!

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