The Special Olympics has changed my life. This will be the fourth year that I will run in the 800 meter and 1,500 meter races in the Spring Games at Glenwood High School in Chatham. I've won gold, silver and bronze medals in the regional and state games in the past three years. I love to run! And since I began running, I don't need physical therapy anymore.
Not only am I a lot stronger now physically, I also have learned about public speaking and leadership. As a global messenger for Special Olympics, I've had many opportunities to speak to large groups. I try to spread the word about how great it is to be part of an organization that accepts me as I am, flaws and all. I truly try to live the Special Olympics athlete oath: "Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."
Jumping into the cold water of Lake Springfield on March 3 takes more courage than running or speaking. It is cold! This is the third year I plan on plunging. Last year, my dad and his friend Pat Claussen ran into the lake with me. The year before that my coach, Dustie, and her friend plunged with me. I was freezing. But it was for a reason and it felt good to do something adventurous. This year, I hope to add many more plungers to my crew. I hope you will join my team! We will be the second team to run into the lake on March 3. There are two ways you can be a part of Daniel's Crew.
1- Donate to the Special Olympics on this website.
2. Plunge with Daniel's Crew. Plungers need to raise or donate at least $75. Then, you can run into the water with me and my Crew. Be sure to mark that you are part of Daniel's Crew when you register at www.firstgiving.com/soilltorchrun/2012-polar-plunge-springfield
Thank you for visiting my Polar Plunge fundraising page. Your donations will provide athletes with intellectual disabilities the chance to participate in year-round sports training and competition. There are nearly 21,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and more than 6,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 of Special Olympics Illinois!
Donating through this site is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to make a contribution to the LETR Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Illinois.
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