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Cache Valley ultra runner dedicates races to finding home for boy with Down syndrome

The Herald Journal

When ultra runner Michael McKnight began the Moab 240 early Friday morning, he had a smiling companion along with him.

Brody is a 12-year-old child that McKnight is trying to find a family for. Brody has Down syndrome and is about to age out in an orphanage in China.


“We are looking for a loving family who is ready to be blessed,” McKnight said earlier this week in an interview with The Herald Journal. “From what I’ve seen and heard, adopting a child with Down syndrome is not as difficult as it sounds. These children have special abilities which would bless any family that steps forward. They know how to love unconditionally and their families learn how to be better at that as well.” Read the rest of the story on


This story is made possible thanks to a community reporting partnership between The Herald Journal and Utah Public Radio.