At the “Special Olympics” held in Seattle a few years ago, nine contestants (all disabled in some way) lined up for the start of the hundred-yard-dash. When the starter’s gun was fired, all got off well, except one boy who tripped over his own feet, tumbled to the ground, scraped his arm and began to cry. Hearing this, the other eight all stopped, turned around and went back to where the fallen boy lay. One girl, afflicted with “Down’s Syndrome,” bent down and kissed his injured arm. “This will make it better,” she said. Then all nine held hands and walked together to the finish line.
A somewhat similar event took place in the “Madrid Marathon” several years ago. Four thousand runners answered the starter’s gun. Toward the end of the grueling race, two men, both age thirty-six, were far ahead of the pack. Near the finish line, one of them was suddenly taken with severe leg cramps and was unable to continue on…
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