---- — LONDONDERRY — One local runner will take on this year’s Boston Marathon to support the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress.
Sarah McKitterick, a 2003 graduate of Londonderry High School, will run the 118th marathon April 21. She is on a mission to help promote acceptance and inclusion for those with Down syndrome.
For more than a year, McKitterick has worked closely with the Down Syndrome Congress through her work as a community relations manager at Boston Ballet’s Department of Education and Community Initiatives.
One of the department’s programs, Adaptive Dance, provides creative movement to individuals with Down syndrome ages 2 up through adult.
Through this program, McKitterick had the opportunity to work with the Congress and see services in action.
That moved the local runner to get involved in this year’s marathon.
She made an attempt to run the race last year in honor of those involved in the ballet’s Adaptive Dance program, but due to the tragic events was unable to complete the race.
McKitterick’s goal is to raise $5,000 to support her marathon cause.
Money raised helps the statewide organization advocate for the best life possible for every person with Down syndrome in Massachusetts.
Maureen Gallagher, executive director of the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress, said she appreciates efforts to support the organization.
“Sarah exemplifies the kind of determination and pride that inspires others to do their best to overcome challenges,” she said. “Sarah is true champion of the Down syndrome community.
To learn more about McKitterick’s marathon effort, visit crowdrise.com/MDSC2014BostonMarathon.