Ana Cabrera runs across the state to benefit Special Olympics - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Ana Cabrera runs across the state to benefit Special Olympics

The 13 Law Enforcement Torch Run participants prepare for the run to begin The 13 Law Enforcement Torch Run participants prepare for the run to begin
SCSO Detective Lloyd Hixson with the torch before the run SCSO Detective Lloyd Hixson with the torch before the run
Onboard the Torch Run relay bus with the runners awaiting their turn Onboard the Torch Run relay bus with the runners awaiting their turn

SPOKANE, Wash. - One of KHQ's  own is embarking on a special journey to help raise money for the Special Olympics. KHQ reporter Ana Cabrera is on her way across the state of Washington taking part in the Special Olympics Washington Law Enforcement Torch Run relay starting at the Washington/Idaho state line.

The 300-mile Flame of Hope run will wind its way across the  state travelling along I-90 and over Stevens Pass before wrapping up around 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Fort Lewis ahead of the Special Olympics which will take begin on Saturday at McChord Air Force Base near Tacoma.

Its Ana's third year running in the event which was established in 1981 and is the largest grass-roots fundraiser for Special Olympics. Ana is the only local media personality taking part in the relay this year. Ana is joined on the run by a dozen other representatives from the Spokane County Sheriff's Office, Geiger Correctional Facility, Airway Heights Police and several other law enforcement organizations.

Donors include the Spokane County Deputy Sheriff's Association and Lieutenants and Captains Association, Rosauers Corporation, REI, Albertsons Groceries in Liberty Lake and Millwood, Costco and the Argonne Road Yokes Grocery according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.

Donations were also received from the Sullivan Road Fred Meyer, the North Ruby Super Supplements, the Sprague and Evergreen Safeway Grocery, the Sprague and McDonald Road Trading Company Grocery, and Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich.

More than 2,000 law enforcement officers throughout Washington annually join together to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics Washington through a variety of local fundraising activities such as barbecues, raffle drawings, tip-a-cops, trail rides, golf tournaments and more. For a list of upcoming Special Olympics fundraisers in Washington click here.

Special Olympics offers participants year-round sports training and competition that increases their self-confidence and social skills, improves their physical and motor skills, and helps them lead more productive and independent lives.

 

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