Several Southern California cities served as host cities for the Special Olympic athletes competing at this years Special Olympics. The city of Carson, where KDHR is located, was one of the cities selected to serve as a host town.

Michelle Padilla, host of the Awareness Show, attended the Special Olympic festivities in town and was able to share her experience at SpecialOlympics.org, the official website for the games.

The following excerpt is from the website and what Padilla has to say about the event, particularly meeting the athletes. The article can be read here.

“This was amazing adventure. I myself have a disability. Took pictures with the athletes. This is amazing. I do a show at CSUDH called the awareness show. This was amazing. I have a rare disease called 22q-11/. It is a missing chromosome. I have had three open-heart surgeries, ear surgery, mouth surgery, had a grand mal seizure at 18, and suffered brain damage. Because of that I was in a coma. At 34, I was diagnosed with a rare disease. I got gotten my AA degree and now I am getting my BA in human services where I am the president of Human Services. Don’t let disabilities get in the way. Go the distance and be an advocate for others.”