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Strengthening a Family Bond Through Physical Activity

The Brownley family, otherwise known by their Walk the World with Me team name ‘Brownley Fam-Jam,’ is comprised of Special Olympics athlete Rori, his Mom, Gramma and Papa.

Rori and his family first felt motivated to take on the Walk the World with Me challenge because of his Gramma. When Rori’s Gramma was diagnosed with cancer, the chemotherapy triggered an onset of dementia. In an effort to keep Gramma Brownley busy, the Brownley family took her on daily walks, whether it simply be to Wal-Mart or logging steps on their various road trips.

For Rori, his favourite part about walking around the world was that “we got to be outside and see new things that we probably would not have seen, and I was with my Mom, Gramma and Papa.” Going on daily walks together allowed for the Brownley family to spend quality time with each other while also making memories along the way.

For a little bit every day, the Brownley family made sure they got outside and tracked their activity. When Gramma Brownley passed in July 2020, Rori explained that his family had halted their daily physical activity. However, because of Gramma Brownley’s impact, the Brownley family is now back in action. “We exercise and get out into nature for my Gramma because she would want us to,” said Rori.

As Rori mentioned, the Brownley family is “going to keep being active and doing activities because it is good for us and we get to be together and try different things that we normally don’t get to do.” The Walk the World with Me challenge has been a great way for the Brownley’s to spend time together as a family and they do not plan on stopping!

Rori encourages his fellow SO athletes to join him and his family as they continue their daily physical activities. “I think people should get out walking, biking or exercising because it keeps you healthy and the fresh air makes you feel good!”

Join the Brownley family as they continue to walk the world!

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