TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) – Athletes from across West Alabama have been training all year for today, the track and field portion of the Special Olympics.
Law enforcement ran with the Special Olympics torch to kick off the event at Northside High School.
Thursday was a particularly special day for one athlete and her family.
“But if I cannot win… but if I cannot win… let me be brave in the attempt,” the Special Olympics athlete oath, is well embodied by “Miss Beth.”
“This is Beth’s 33rd year to participate in the Special Olympics, and for 33 years she’s thrown the softball, so she’s excited to be here,” said Debbie Anderson, Miss Beth’s mother.
Lots of people are excited to see Beth and the other athletes compete. Beth has participated in so many Special Olympics, she has a quilt made of her old participant t-shirts.
“So this year, the shirt is made in her honor to match her prayer bracelet,” said Anderson.
Beth has a rare neurological disorder. Last fall, she began to have seizures and severe headaches, and doctors discovered she has an inoperable brain tumor.
“So we immediately, as families do, we tried to think what can we do? So the first thing we did was have her prayer bracelets made,” said Anderson.
On Tuesday, Miss Beth showed off her skills, throwing the first pitch at her favorite team’s softball game.
Beth’s story spread on Facebook, and now her bracelets are being worn across the world.
“We are very humbled that all these people can wear her bracelet, and more importantly are praying for Beth,” said Anderson.
Beth has handed out 3,100 bracelets. You can follow her story on Facebook.
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