Kelli laughs when she thinks back to how she first got involved with Special Olympics, back when she was expecting her first baby. It was a cold February day, and she was cheering on the beach as a friend jumped into icy waters at a Special Olympics Polar Plunge fund-raiser. Says Kelli, “It was freezing cold and I thought it was a crazy thing to do – but for a great cause.”
Her baby, Colin, was born a few months later, and the diagnosis of Down syndrome came as a shock. Kelli says she and her husband, Chris, had a lot of adjustments to make. Among other things, she says, they had to cope with the fact that their lives were going to be totally different.