By Sonia Talati

 

LANE CONTY, Ore. — The Special Olympics Flame of Hope Torch passed through Lane County Wednesday afternoon with law enforcement officers carrying it all the way.

 

The Special Olympics are a place for people to set goals and strive to reach them, showcase their talents and let them be a part of something bigger.

 

“What I have seen over the years is what they can do to succeed. Just maybe making a basket in basketball, that’s success. Or running a hundred meters now, that’s success,” said Co-Coordinator Ted Barker.

 

“I love the Special Olympics. This has been a very great year for me. Not everybody gets to do this kind of thing,” said Josh Fraim, runner.

 

Josh Fraim has participated in the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run for more than a decade now, which he looks forward to each year and deeply values.

 

“I thank the Special Olympics for putting this on, for existing. It has been a very big part of my life,” Fraim said.

 

Like many other programs going through tough economic times, Special Olympics Games came to a three-year halt in Oregon, but not anymore.

 

Thanks to a generous donation, the games will make a return this summer, and the athletes are overjoyed.

 

“It’s really exciting. The athletes are just over the top,” Barker said.

 

“I’m definitely looking forward to doing things like this in the future,” Fraim said.

 

The torch run is making its way through the state in preparation for this weekend’s Special Olympics State games in Newberg.

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