Joshman Case

 
Joshman is a 9 year old little man from West Winfield. Joshman has down syndrome and has faced numerous hard times throughout his life, including open heart surgery when he was only 9 months old.  Joshman is now doing great!!!  The doctors have said that if you didn’t know he had heart surgery that you wouldn’t be able to tell by listening to his heart.  Joshman is VERY active and is involved in flag football, youth basketball, and will be playing baseball this spring.  Joshman attends 2nd grade at Notre Dame elementary in Utica, where he takes normal classes, along with PT, OT, and speech.  He is very loving, and not afraid to show it.  Joshman was crowned Prince at the Herkimer County Fair pageant this past summer.  Joshman is an inspiration to many people and he can put a smile on anyone’s face. 


Joshman inspired his father to get involved in the Special Olympics through his work as a New York State Trooper.  Trooper Neil Case is in charge of the Troop "C" Dive Team and helps with safety at the Goodyear Lake Polar Bear Jump.  He is the Southern Tier Law Enforcement Torch Run Regional Director, and organizes Law Enforcement's involvement with the Special Olympics.  Neil has been selected to represent New York State at the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics Final Leg in Austria in March, 2017.  Neil will be running the Special Olympics torch throughout Austria to help raise awareness for the Special Olympics on a global level, with his final destination being the opening ceremonies for the Special Olympics World Games.  The Final Leg will cost about $10,000, which Special Olympics New York is paying for.  We are trying to help Neil offset this cost, so that the $10,000 can help the athletes train and compete.  

This is a great cause, as we have many Special Olympics athletes in our area from the Pathfinder Village and Springbrook.

The link to Neil's fundraising page:
http://specialolympicsinc.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=1769