Torch Run for Special Olympians

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Runners carrying the Special Olympics Colorado torch are making their way through Southern Colorado. On Tuesday, Pueblo police officers carried the "Flame of Hope" before handing it off to other officers at the El Paso County line.

The torch will eventually arrive at the University of Northern Colorado campus in Greeley. That's where Colorado's Special Olympic games will be held next weekend.

Over the past few weeks, Pueblo police officers have raised nearly $13,000 for the Special Olympics. That money stays in Colorado to help disabled kids participate in sports.

Two Special Olympic athletes carried the torch and the American flag through the streets of Pueblo. "It was fun! It's an experience I'll never forget!" Jaycee Winkley is 35 years old. At age 9, she was diagnosed with a genetic disease that causes tumors to form on her face, stomach and brain. And 23-year-old Grant Morris was born with Down Syndrome.

”That's what it's all about. It's for the children. Special Olympics is really near and dear to our hearts," says Pueblo Police Chief Jim Billings. This has become a tradition for pueblo police officers and their children to help carry the torch.

And the torch run helps people like Jaycee and Grant find their competitive spirit.

The "Flame of Hope" will travel 1,500 miles through more than two-dozen communities across the state before it arrives at the Summer Games in Greeley. On Wednesday, the torch will pass through Colorado Springs, the Air Force Academy and Teller County.

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