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Additional race information can be found at http://www.thecourageousstepsproject.org/dylan-mcinnis-walk-run-fundraiser.html.
UPDATE: We have all been living through a time that is unlike any other before, causing us to make some necessary changes going forward. One of those changes is our 2020 Walk-Run. Although we won't be walking or running in-person to celebrate the life of Dylan McInnis, we are pleased to release the 2020 Virtual Walk-Run format. For the safety and health of our supporters and participants, we feel that this is the safest option going forward!
Join The Courageous Steps Project on Saturday June 20th and Sunday June 21st, 2020 for our 7th annual VIRTUAL walk-run in honor of Dylan McInnis. Proceeds from the event will go to Dylan's Scholarship Fund through the Maine JR Black Bears, and The Courageous Steps Project, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that strives to help children and young adults with developmental challenges.
Since 2014, The Courageous Steps Project has helped 35+ organizations in the region. We’ve been able to accomplish this through our different initiatives that focus on providing resources and awareness of or for developmental challenges with children and young adults. We’ve donated school supplies to 29 schools in Hancock and Penobscot counties. We’ve also served 1,000+ individuals in other regions of Maine through our ‘One Word’ Challenge campaign, which gets you to think of a POSITIVE word that describes you as a person. More importantly, this promotes the importance of embracing who you are.
Constantly, we are starting new initiatives that target different regions of Maine. We are partnering with organizations around the state as well to create more opportunities for those living with developmental challenges. If you want to partner with us, or volunteer with us, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Your input or time with our organization is so valuable!
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Dylan was an adventurer in life; Always willing to try something. He liked the outdoors. Riding his bike as a young boy, Four Wheeling trips to Moosehead Lake, fishing , boating, and jet skiing with his Dad. He would spend summers swimming with his Mom in the lake at his house. He enjoyed gaming and was very proficient in technology.
Dylan was diagnosed at a young age with high functioning autism. He worked with incredible determination and overcame every obstacle that he faced; this included speech therapy at a young age. His parents sought help with educational approaches which were later determined because of his efforts to exceed expectations; the services were no longer needed.
Dylan was everybody's friend. He enjoyed making people laugh. His true passion was hockey. He mostly wore #26. With some encouragement from a friend, he started hockey later than most kids typically do. He scored his first goal in his first game. He loved it so much he played Spring, Summer and Winter hockey. He attended many camps with the Maine Black Bears, Maine Junior Black Bears, Portland Pirates, and Brewer Youth Hockey. He quickly developed his passion for sportsmanship and wanted to always help new skaters. He became a student coach for the Maine Junior Black Bears. His passion for the sport was evident when the local rinks melted the ice and he would show up and skate with roller-blades instead of hockey skates. His extra effort outside of practices, helped him improve tremendously.
He enjoyed camping trips with Mom and Dad. He loved the hockey tournaments for a chance to be with his teammates for the weekends. He won Championships but never bragged. Dylan could easily draw people to him with his kindness. He was such a humble kid who faced some challenges but was never stopped by them.
Dylan also developed a love for photography, time lapse photo's, sunsets, and studying / having a huge appreciation for weather.
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