On March 19th, Ms. Mary Gu, the Regional President of Special Olympics East Asia went to Lai Jing’s home at Yongding County along with officials from China Disabled Persons’ Federation in Fujian Province. Mary brought an inspiring letter written by Dr. Timothy P. Shriver, Chairman and CEO of Special Olympics, on behalf of 4 million athletes and their parents all over the world to Lai Jing and her mother. He wrote “It seems sometimes that we have to say goodbye to the past and it seems too that we all have to say goodbye to life itself. And in a way, we do. But in another way, moments of love never die and moments of joy never end and when we close our eyes, we get a sense of how they live on in our hearts.” These simple words expressed the love and blessings from the global Special Olympics family.
The criminal has been arrested and is awaiting trial. It was really difficult to find the words to comfort them, Mary told Lai Jing that if she could listen to her mom to start eating, she would feel better and perhaps be strong enough to compete again in the next world games in America. Lai Jing was very fragile, but still, she held Mary’s hand really tight and said "yes," with a sweet smile on her face.
May this beautiful promise come true one day and that more and more people care about people with intellectual disabilities like Lai Jing! Because all of us are linked so closely with each other in name of love by nature and there is no difference between “them” and “us”. In a world that cherishes love, we are the same.