Karen has won many a race and improved her endurance enough to become a marathon runner. But really, each time she laces up her running shoes and crosses the finish line, Karen is a winner. That's when she shows the world that she – and all those with intellectual disabilities – can do anything they put their minds to when given a chance.
Karen's parents, Ernestine and Joe, first realized Karen's drive and persistence years ago, back when Karen was a small baby, struggling to thrive. At age 1, Karen weighed 12 pounds. “She didn’t eat, she didn’t really grow at all that first year,” Ernestine says. “She didn’t even start walking until after she turned 2.” But Karen's parents didn't give up -- and neither did she. Then, years later, Karen found her niche on the track.