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Sunday, July 21, 2024

Meet Falmouth Highway Race Runner Elizabeth Downs

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 received 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 operating this race, she makes use of the motivation from Andrew to proceed operating. “This yr 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 crammed out my utility. What higher method to honor my pal than to run for the very group that has given him so many fantastic, glad alternatives.”

Working together with her greatest good friend, Jill Stone, who can also be aside of the Xtra Mile workforce, Elizabeth may 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 scorching!!!”

Whereas Elizabeth has continued to look at Andrew compete in occasions through the years, 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 “group.” The sense of household that they’ve offered for households with youngsters which might be disabled is one thing that most individuals are extremely grateful for.”

The inspiration Elizabeth receives from Andrew will not be solely associated to operating, but additionally to her job. Elizabeth labored for North River Collaborative as an ABA therapist after she graduated from school however turned an inclusion trainer 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 turn out to be a trainer. “The inspiration for turning into a trainer was my cousin, Andrew Lawson. Andrew was born on March 19, 1990, and from the second I met him, an curiosity sparked with regard to his early intervention and therapies. I knew it was the trail I needed to purse. Via Andrew’s mother and father I used to be launched to what Particular Olympics was, and what number of fantastic alternatives it offers to youngsters with disabilities.”

Particular Olympics Massachusetts thanks you to your assist and desires you the very best of luck on race day, Elizabeth!

Please take into account supporting Elizabeth or one of many different Xtra Mile Falmouth runners!

Need to run Falmouth, bike within the Rodman Experience for Children, or plenty of different races? Be a part of the Xtra Mile in the present day!

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