Norwich woman running Boston Marathon to raise money for Down Syndrome

NORWICH, Conn. (WTNH)–Next Monday, Holly Salegna will be running in her first-ever marathon.

It’ll be a very special one, not just because it’s Boston, but also because of the cause she’s running for.

Her son, Sam, has Down Syndrome, and Holly is running for the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress, which has helped the Connecticut chapter get established.

Seven-year old Sam is the youngest of Holly’s three sons. He’ll be her inspiration for all 26.2 miles of pavement this weekend in Boston.

“He has been the most amazing little boy,” Holly said.

Salegna is hoping to raise $8,500 by this Thursday. “I’m looking for anyone to give me a little support,” she said. “Giving up your Dunkin Donuts or whatever it is. Every little bit counts.”

Anyone who wishes to donate to the cause can visit her website here.

Last year’s tragedy adds even more inspiration for this year’s runners.

“You have to just push through, and everyone has to finish Boston strong,” Salegna said. 

“I really have no fear. I feel very safe,” she said.

Like many, Holly plans to pay tribute to last year’s victims in her own way. Right before she crosses the finish line, right where tragedy struck a year ago, she will pause.

As much as I’ll want to cross that finish line right in front of me, you know I”m gonna stop and just for a minute in honor of them,” she said. 

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