By RODNEY D. BOAM
Former Preston resident Brady Murray, who has recently been raising awareness for children with Down Syndrome, was in Preston recently to visit with the students at Pioneer Elementary School.
Murray started racing in triathlons to bring awareness to a foundation he started, Racing for Orphans with Down Syndrome (RODS), this past year.
There are many countries where children with Down Syndrome are housed in orphanages. “Down Syndrome in society in most cases is seen as a negative,” Murray told KSL-TV recently. “But these are very special children. They light up a room and they do things that others aren’t able to do. They are able help individuals feel unconditional love in a way I’ve never seen before.
“In particular we want to bring awareness and raise funds for one single adoption. We raise enough money to help one child get adopted, then we start raising money for the next one, Murray told The Citizen.
“We are on our fifth child that we have helped finance an adoption for. And so far we have raised $104,000 for RODS.”
Murray lives in Meridian and is employed as a financial planner. He grew up in Preston and attended Preston High School, graduating in 1997. He also graduated from Utah State University and is married to Andrea Allen from Cove. They have three children and their middle son, Nash, was born with Down Syndrome.
To create awareness, Murray has sponsors give money to him so they can be seen as he races. He recently won the Kona Inspired contest and competed in the Iron Man World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
To compete in the event he had to produce a video of what inspired him. The subject of the 90-second video was RODS Racing. The video was aired on national television.
“I did a 90-second video. Of all of the videos submitted we were chosen to be aired on television,” Murray said.
The students at Pioneer Elementary School were given a chance to ask Murray questions. One of them asked what his favorite part of the race was. “The end,” he said.
For more information on Murray’s charity go to rodsracin.org
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