Meet Xtra Mile Boston Marathon Runner Corey Cuddihy!
Meet the 2018 Xtra Mile Boston Marathon Team helping us to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Special Olympics Movement by running 26.2 miles for inclusion!
Corey Cuddihy is just one runner of our 26 member Boston Marathon team who’s not only making a difference for in the lives of our athletes in 2018, but will have a lasting impact on Special Olympics Massachusetts that will help our movement and organization continue to support the athletes of today and tomorrow as we look forward towards the next 50 years of sports opportunities and inclusion!
Read on to learn more about Corey!
Where did you grow up? “I grew up in Scituate, Massachusetts.”
What do you do for work? How does this influence your experience with Special Olympics? “I am a Special Education Teacher at Marshfield Middle School in Marshfield, MA. I have worked in the special education field for the past 6 years in a variety of settings. Being able to work with students who have disabilities is a blessing to me because I find that they are teaching me more about life than I will ever be able to teach them.”
What does Special Olympics mean to you? “Special Olympics means giving both kids and adults with disabilities an opportunity to shine. It allows kids and adults to be happy and be free. They are able to show the amazing talents and abilities they have that may not always be seen.”
How did you get involved with Special Olympics? “I not only have worked the past six years in the special education field but my two best friends growing up have impacted my life in a way no one else ever will. My cousin Molly has tuberous sclerosis and grew up by my side. She has pushed me to be a better person and growing up by her side led me to choose the profession I did. My best friend Taryn, had Down Syndrome, and passed away when we were in grade school. I was able to attend special Olympic events with her when I was younger and she taught me more about life in a short period of time that I will ever be able to teach my students in my years of teaching.”
Do you have a motto? “A motto I have lived by and stress to my students is “Sometimes the things we can’t change, end up changing us.” Things in life are sometimes unexpected but it is those things that we can’t change or have no control over that can change us for the better if we have the right mindset.”
What’s the craziest thing on your bucket list? What on your bucket list that you’ve done that you are most proud of? “I would have to say that the craziest thing on my bucket list is to visit as many different places within and outside the United States. I am most proud of the fact that I have ran one full marathon and three half marathons which is more than what I originally had on my bucket list.”
What motivates you to go running when you really don’t feel like it? “When I don’t feel like running and would rather sit by the fireplace where it is warn and cozy, I think of my best friends Taryn and Molly, I think of all the students I have worked with, and I think of Martin Richards and the other victims of the Boston Marathon bombings who can no longer run and I run for them. I often find myself saying in my own head, “stop complaining, don’t stop, people have it worse so do it for them”
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