Rosemead Kiwanis Club
"Serving the Community Since 1945"
The Fax of Life
A weekly inspiration, courtesy of the Kiwanis Club of Scott's Valley
March 23, 1997 Vol. 2, No. 20
What's Really Important
A few years ago at the Seattle Special Olympics, nine contestants, all physically or mentally disabled, assembled at the starting line for the 100-yard dash. At the gun they all started out, not exactly in a dash, but with the relish to run the race to the finish and win.
All, that is, except one boy who stumbled on the asphalt, tumbled over a
couple of times, and began to cry. The other eight heard the boy cry. They
slowed down and paused. Then they all turned around and went back. Every one of them. One girl with Down s syndrome bent down and kissed him and said, "This will make it better."
Then all nine linked arms and walked together to the finish line.
Everyone in the stadium stood, and the cheering went on for 10 minutes.
---- Author Unknown
(Editor's note: Snopes says the location was actually Spokane and only part of the field, not Seattle and everyone, but the above is based on a real incident that occurred in 1975. See http://www.snopes.com/glurge/special.asp )
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