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Kate Dyer

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Join me in my efforts to support Bridgewater Raynham Special Olympics Massachusetts!

This July, I'll be braving the heights by going "Over the Edge" to raise funds for the amazing Special Olympics Athletes. I will be rappelling down the 22 stories of the Hyatt Regency, Boston.
Join me in my efforts to support Bridgewater Raynham Special Olympics!

Last July, Sariah and I decided to participate in Over the Edge. Initially I was rather apprehensive about the event. Not because Sariah and I would be rappelling off the roof of a 22-story building in Boston. Although Jon and Jordan were not exactly excited about the idea. But rather, because I have always been intimidated by fundraising. But due to Special Olympics importance to my family, I decided to give it a try.

Special Olympics has been important to me for most of my adult life. It offers so much to everyone involved. The Special Olympics athletes get to experience some independence and build their own confidence. They develop new friendships and become reacquainted with ones of old. And, most importantly, the experience gives them a sense of accomplishment, and a safe place to feel a part of something much bigger then than themselves. Coaches gain an appreciation for each of their athlete's struggles, learn the importance of patience and build their own organizational skills by leading a team with athletes of many differing abilities. Unified Partners develop more physical fitness, feel the joy of watching athletes experience success, and become involved in an important part of their community. Parents of children involved in Special Olympics suddenly have a network of likeminded and challenged families within a compassionate and dedicated organization that fits their child's needs. And the unimaginable joy that comes from watching their child celebrate with their teammates after scoring a goal or basket.

Stepping off the hotel roof edge last year was both exhilarating and terrifying. The view of Boston while rappelling down the side of the hotel was breathtaking. In addition to the altitude-induced adrenaline was the overwhelming support we received by the friends and family members that came to support us. Going Over the Edge with Sariah was an amazing mother/daughter moment that I will treasure forever and can not wait to do again this year.

In order for all of this to happen it is important for families to be involved in the fundraising process. Sariah and I used email and Facebook to reach out to family and friends last year. I was amazed and humbled by the support we received. So once again, we are going to rappel in July. Please consider supporting our Bridgewater Raynham Special Olympics teams.
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