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Law Enforcement Torch Run brings awareness to Special Olympics Ohio

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Abby Conely was selected to run the Olympic torch on Monday as part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. Abby Conely was selected to run the Olympic torch on Monday as part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run.
The Allen County law enforcement along with other local businesses, raised a total of $4,150. The Allen County law enforcement along with other local businesses, raised a total of $4,150.

Law enforcement communities throughout the state are coming together to achieve one common goal, to raise awareness for Special Olympics Ohio.

Abby Conely was selected to run the Olympic torch on Monday as part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. Conely will be competing in the Ohio Special Olympics this weekend, but will also represent Ohio in the 2018 Special Olympics U.S.A. games in Seattle, Washington later this summer.

"It's going to be great. I'm going to bring home the gold! This organization is making my dreams come true," said Conely.

"I think it's important because when you see the athletes that participate and they're going to speak today about why it's truly important to them, I think it brings a sense of accomplishment to them, that they're able to participate in these events," said Sergeant Curtis Hile, Lima Police Department.

After the five and a half mile run, Allen County Special Olympics athletes gathered with local officials to enjoy lunch and a check presentation. The Allen County law enforcement along with other local businesses raised a total of $4,150. The athletes had the opportunity to present the check.

Allen County Special Olympic treasurer, Steve Martin explains that to him, this event is more than a fundraiser, it's a way to reach the community.

"Right now, the community really doesn't know that there's a lot of special needs kids out there and if this can bring any awareness to special needs and make them a part of just the regular society that would be great," said Martin.

The torch run will continue throughout the rest of the week and will finish in Columbus on Friday at the Ohio State stadium, where Abby and other local Special Olympians will compete.

For more information, or to donate, you can visit the Law Enforcement Torch Run Ohio web page.

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