Widow carries out husband's dream to support disabled athletes

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by BRIANA BERMENSOLO & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 5:26 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 31 at 5:39 AM

Spokane, Wash.--  A woman in North Spokane continued carrying out a lifelong dream that she shared with her husband after he suddenly died from a brain lesion in early July. They wanted to open a recreation center for Special Olympics athletes.

Dixie Costigan’s husband of 42-years coached about 180 disabled athletes for Spokane’s Wolfpack Special Olympics Team. Before he died, the couple shared a dream of opening a recreation center for Special Olympics Athletes.

Costigan started raising money through a campaign called, “Project ID” to make that dream a reality.

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Costigan found a vacant building near the intersection of Francis and Cedar in North Spokane. She had a blueprint for the recreation center, but still needed $10,000 to sign the lease.  She envisioned a recreation center where athletes could have unstructured free-time to hang out with their friends.  Costigan also wanted to provide life-coaching and on-campus living because she feels there’s not enough being done to help young, disabled people.

Costigan said the most difficult part of the project is not having her husband by her side.

“It’s just to figure out who I am without being Pat and Dixie, because this was a Pat and Dixie thing,” Costigan said. “But if we can keep this going, that would be the best thing that can happen.”

 

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