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Special Olympian Lanie Lowry with her mom, Crystal Harris-Murphy. (KTEN) Special Olympian Lanie Lowry with her mom, Crystal Harris-Murphy. (KTEN)
Lanie Lowry competes in a Special Olympics event in Gunter, Texas. (KTEN) Lanie Lowry competes in a Special Olympics event in Gunter, Texas. (KTEN)
Lanie Lowry with her mom, Crystal Harris-Murphy. (KTEN) Lanie Lowry with her mom, Crystal Harris-Murphy. (KTEN)

GUNTER, Texas -- Almost 300 Special Olympians across Texoma competed at a track event in Gunter, Texas on Thursday.

One athlete was out-running stereotypes and inspiring everyone.

Little Lanie Lowry has never turned down a chance to show off her speed.

"Yes, I am pretty fast," she said.

Lanie is intellectually disabled. She is unable to read or write.  And she wouldn't even be here if it wasn't for a life-changing decision that was made by her parents.

"She was conceived while I was on chemo, and we were actually told to abort," said her mom, Crystal Harris-Murphy. "My husband and I... we chose life."

It was a choice that came with challenges far outweighed by love.

"I don't know where we would be without her today, so this is what we got -- this miracle right here," Lanie's mom said.

Now, Lanie looks forward to this day every year.

"This gives them a chance to really feel good about themselves; gives them a chance to train, become physically fit, and -- really more -- showcase that they do have physical skills and they can compete," event organizer Randy Foederer said.

And for Crystal Harris-Murphy, seeing her little girl run with other kids makes it all worth it.

"People who don't even know her cheering her on, giving her love," she said.

And once the Special Olympians cross that finish line, the true prize is much more than a medal.

"This is not a 'first place' or a 'last place' or a 'third place' -- it's just a place to be loved," Lanie's mom said.

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