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Where should the Special Olympics Cauldron go?

by Maggie O'Mara

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Posted on February 20, 2009 at 6:07 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 22 at 11:11 AM

The Special Olympic World Winter Games are over.... so where should the cauldron go now? The woman who created it - Irene Deely of "Woman of Steel" Gallery - wants it to go somewhere special right here in Idaho.

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I had the chance to stand right next to it at Closing Ceremonies, and it is TALL. We're not talking Larry Gebert tall, we're talking 22 feet high! The beautiful display has been taken apart and is now sitting on a trailer in front of Irene's studio:

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Last night on the news, we put out a call for ideas on where it should go... we got lots of comments: The Idaho Center, The Grove, The Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, Sun Valley, Bogus Basin... all great ideas! We'll see where it winds up. Send me your ideas if you have a good one. It really should have a special spot here in our area, so we can always remember the spirit of the games.

I've been working on a really special story this week. It's about Matt La Manna - a sophomore at Kuna High School with cerebral palsy who has always dreamed of being an athlete. Due to his disability, he's been managing school teams instead of competing on them. But this year, he'll be competing in Track for the very first time with this brand new wheelchair racing bike.

WOW! He is such an inspiration to me, and I think he'll inspire you too...


His coach Steve Kilgore (who has a heart of GOLD) is the one who made this miracle happen, with lots of help from the Kuna community! Tune in Sunday night at 10pm to watch this heartwarming story of people coming together to help a fantastic kid race for the first time... you'll be so glad you did. :)

Have a wonderful weekend, and enjoy this weather!

P.S. Tonight we're having four couples over to our house for dinner - and we've decided to have a "Board Game Night" - MEN VS WOMEN. We're going to play TABOO with that annoying buzzer thingy - if you have played, you know what I mean:

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My better half says this dinner party/game night is a sign we're all getting old. Maybe he's right???? Oh well, I'm embracing it!