Meet Falmouth Street Race Runner Elizabeth Downs

By Peyton Heller
Particular Olympics Massachusetts Improvement 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 bought concerned with Particular Olympics by way of my cousin Andrew. I might 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 staff for the Falmouth Street 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 staff, and as quickly as I used to be off the cellphone along with her, I crammed out my utility. What higher technique to honor my pal than to run for the very group that has given him so many great, completely happy alternatives.”

Working along with her greatest buddy, Jill Stone, who can be aside of the Xtra Mile staff, 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 sizzling!!!”

Whereas Elizabeth has continued to observe 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 infinite. 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 supplied for households with kids which might be disabled is one thing that most individuals are extremely grateful for.”

The inspiration Elizabeth receives from Andrew shouldn’t be solely associated to working, but in addition to her job. Elizabeth labored for North River Collaborative as an ABA therapist after she graduated from faculty however grew to become 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 change into a trainer. “The inspiration for changing 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 great alternatives it supplies to kids with disabilities.”

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

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