Celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, police officials, athletes and friends of Special Olympians alike all had plenty of reason to be festive as the event stopped in Sudbury last week.
With the total tally of the 2022 Torch Run sitting at $1.9 million dollars nationwide, Zone Coordinator Paula McKnight thanked all those in attendance as the group made their way from Science North to the lobby and party at Tom Davies Square.
"This is the first run we've organized in person since Covid and it's wonderful to see all of the athletes, the volunteers and the police services support," said McKnight.
She also took time to introduce Special Olympics athlete and Torch Run veteran Jaclyn Beaudoin, the soon-to-be 43 year old Sudbury native who raised more than $1250 single-handedly.
"I got all of my friends and family to help me out - and I have a lot of friends," said Beaudoin, whose favourite sport is five-pin bowling but has also participated in rhythmic gymnastics. "I want to move on to nationals," she added, citing her dream goal as an athlete.
Over the course of the past six weeks or so, Beaudoin walked in support of the cause, getting pledges along the way. She is part of a very active Special Olympics chapter in Sudbury, one which has produced countless athletes who have gone on to compete nationally and internationally.
Now, thanks to all those who helped out with Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics 2022, the local group will be able to continue sending very deserving men and women on to pursue their dreams, all while making lifetime memories and friends.