Breanna Stinson is a Canine Handler with SOLGEN Correctional Services, and first got involved with the Law Enforcement Torch Run in 2016 when she and her graduating class took part in the Hamilton Polar Plunge. “It was an icy plunge that was so much fun to be a part of! It was very motivating to see the impact that our involvement had on the athletes that attended – their excitement and positive attitude was something I really admired!”
Breanna’s favourite memory so far has been the St. Thomas Torch Run she participated in. “It was a scorching hot day and that didn’t slow down the athletes whose positivity and enthusiasm was contagious to all participating. It’s this memory that has pushed me to become more involved.” And Breanna certainly has become more involved since then – “I am part of the SOLGEN Corrections K9 Unite; my partner is Correctional Service Dog Hero, and this year I have been able to get more involved by selling the LETR K9 Hero stuffies. It was really cool that the pups said K9 Hero on their collars, and I have sold more than 150 K9 Hero stuffies so far, all in support of Special Olympics!”
From icy cold plunges to sweltering hot Torch Runs, Breanna says that nothing can bring down the excitement from the Special Olympics athletes. “The Polar Plunge and local Torch Run are two events which I have enjoyed being a part of because I loved how I was able to support athletes and positively impact their lives! Being cheered on by the local athletes while running in the heat (or plunging in the cold) motivates us to keep going!”
Breanna encourages everyone in law enforcement to get involved with LETR: “it’s a great opportunity to get out, be active and support a great cause! It’s a great feeling to empower and motivate Special Olympics athletes to reach their highest potential and enable them to compete in an inclusive environment.” Thank you Breanna (and your K9 Hero!) for your support of Special Olympics Ontario – we hope to see you and Hero at a Special Olympics event soon!