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This year I wanted to run the 2010 Chicago Marathon on behalf of a charity with an amazing cause. My journey to complete 26.2 miles is nothing in comparison to the amazing journey the Special Olympic athletes have faced to be able to compete in their own personal sport. I am proud to be able to raise funds for such an important cause, because the Special Children's Charities and Special Olympics-type sports provides joy to these children (and adults) with intellectual disabilities and additionally teaches them skills that they would not have otherwise experienced without such an amazing charity.

The Special Olympics was started by Robert Sargent Shriver & his wife Eunice Kennedy. He is from Chicago and my grandmother had the great pleasure of meeting him when he was young. Pretty cool indeed!! Makes it even more exciting to raise funds for this already amazing chairty.

Thank you in advance for your help and donation to SCC Chicago!

Please take the time to learn a little bit about my charity: Special Children’s Charities is the proud fundraising arm of Special Olympics in Chicago. Special Children's Charities is committed to providing year-round sports training, recreational and social programs for the children and adults of Special Olympics Chicago.

Mission Statement: the Special Olympics mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

About Special Olympics Chicago: Special Olympics Chicago is one of 17 areas of Special Olympics Illinois offering training and competition in 22 sports. Athletes learn fundamentals, rules and strategies from their coaches during a training period prior to competition. Competitions are held at the area, regional and state levels. Special Olympics Chicago also provides motor activities training programs for persons with severe and profound disabilities. Special Olympics Chicago is a partnership between Special Children's Charities, the Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Schools and Special Olympics Illinois.

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