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"I walk with a limp. I have not been able to run since I was 4 years old. So I swim instead. My Dad taught me to swim before I could walk," she says. Karen father, Jim Gaffney, introduced his nine month old daughter to the pool as a means of rehabilitation for her badly dislocated hips after numerous surgeries. Karen attended high school at St. Mary Academy in Portland and lettered on the swim team. Karen swims to show the world what people with Down Syndrome are capable of. Her Tahoe crossing raised money for the National Down Syndrome Congress. Karen is also an amazing public speaker. When she finished speaking at the luncheon, I don think there was an un awed person in the room. One attendee stood up and said it for the rest us: "I think they should call it "Up" Syndrome.
distances in cold, open water is not everybody idea of a good time. But Karen does it for an extra reason. "I was born with something extra," she says. "That something extra was a little more genetic material. " Specifically, Karen was born with an extra copy of chromosome 21, which is the cause of Down Syndrome, a disorder characterized by physical and mental developmental disabilities.
10 inches and 95 pounds of her, has swum the English Channel. Fewer people have swum the 21 miles of 60 degree water from England to France than have climbed Mount Everest. By the way, English Channel etiquette calls for no wetsuits. Those crazy Brits! Karen accomplished the feat in 2001 on a relay team of 14 Oregonians, which included Bendites Mike Tennant, Laura Schob, Tom Landis and Sara Quan. They completed the swim in 14 hours and 11 minutes. In September 2007, she completed a solo swim across the width of Lake Tahoe. In slightly more than six hours, she swam nine miles from Deadman Point on the Nevada Nike Roshe Running Shoes Junior
Hanalei, Kaui where he surfed the big north shore waves for decades. An intrepid globe traveler, Al has skydived on Oahu, rafted down the wild Zambezi River, bungee jumped off the Victoria Falls Bridge, ridden on horseback across the plains of the Masai Mara, the Serengeti and the Okavango Delta and successfully climbed Kilimanjaro twice. He also pioneered snowboarding in Aspen. But the thing that actually impressed me about Al is that he is Aloha in action. After talking about waves, Al shared an idea he had with me. "Bend is a wonderful community going through tough times. I want to do something to lift the spirits of the people in Bend, to inspire people and to get them to pass it on. "Last Saturday night, Al idea came alive at the Tower Theatre as " A Night To Remember: A Celebration of the Human Spirit. " It was an evening filled with 10 inspirational stories ab.
"I met Al Paterson beside the Deschutes River a little over a year ago. He had white hair and a goatee, a charming South African accent, a glimmer in his eye and a stand up paddle board. We immediately started talking about waves. Al moved to Bend about two Nike Roshe One Black On Black years ago from Nike Roshe Run Red Finish Line
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