Jerry Gatton hails from Hollywood, MD and now resides in Lexington Park, MD and is a runner in the Special Olympics and we are delighted he selected Light the Way 5k as his first 5k. Jerry was born without any vision and met his coach Dale Becker a few years ago while practicing for the Special Olympics and they had an instant connection. At that time, they developed a close friendship, and now Dale helps Jerry run anytime they get together. Jerry also participates in the shot put and long jump i n addition to various distance races on the track. Jerry touches those he meets everywhere he goes because although he has other disabilities, he has unwavering confidence and is never afraid to try things that most people assume he can’t do. Jerry is excited to take part in such a large event and meet others who are visually impaired or blind.
If you would like to help or assist Jerry’s fundraising team meet their $1,000 goal, please donate and he looks forward to meeting you at the event.
If you would like to learn more about Jerry and Dale, they were recently featured in a local news story which can be viewed at: http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/25590497/blind-runner-and-coach-build-special-bond-on-the-track.