LEXINGTON, Miss. (WJTV) – From the Polar Plunge to running for a cause … it’s all part of raising money for the Special Olympics.
But, behind most events there is a much deeper story and this one holds a dear meaning to one family.
“This race is in memory of our son.”
Paul Rogers’s son, Nate was a Special Olympic athlete.
December 11, 2012.
That’s the day, the 28-year-old suddenly passed away.
“He had a seizure disorder and apparently he had a seizure during the night and just didn’t wake up. It was very sudden, very unexpected, things like this help us get through,” Rogers said.
This is the fourth year runners have gathered to honor Nate Rogers.
He enjoyed softball, bowling and track.
“It helps keep him in our hearts every day,” Rogers said.
And with runners crossing the finish line, Rogers capturing every moment and remembering some of the biggest lessons Nate taught him.
“Nate taught us a lot about the goodness of people, generosity. He was very generous and giving.”