Flagstaff distance runner Andrew Lemoncello with his daughter Isla, born in June with Down Syndrome. He will try to break the world treadmill 1/2 marathon record Oct. 19 as a fundraiser for the National Down Syndrome Society.

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The way someone handles the unexpected and/or adversity says a lot about who they are.

Julie (Fisher) Lemoncello and her husband, Andrew, had such an occurrence and they returned to their roots.

The couple were blessed with their first child, Isla, in June and the unexpected news was finding our she had Down Syndrome.

Julie, a 2002 Desert Vista graduate and cross country/track athlete, and Andrew kept a positive attitude and embraced the new path they were suddenly embarking on with their precious bundle of love.

“They jumped head-first into a pro-active approach and began thinking of ways they would help other new parents in the same situation,” said Lori Fisher, Julie’s mom. “They were blessed by the help and support given to them by the National Down Syndrome Society, and wanted to give-back to this worthy organization.”

The impetus of that will happen Saturday at Chandler Fashion Square Mall, which is located at 3111 W Chandler Blvd. in Chandler.

Andrew is a former Great Britain Olympian (steeplechase in 2008 Beijing Olympics) and running professional so he is doing what he does best to help raise money for NDSS.

At 3 p.m., is attempting to break a world record half-marathon run on a treadmill while raising money and awareness for NDSS.

They’ve already raised more than $22,000.

This community loves to jump on these type of events so stop by if you can.

For those who donate is the chance to win a year's free online coaching from mcmillanrunning.com (worth $1500) as well as 3x24 week custom training programs (worth $175.99 each). Every

donation of $5 will be entered in to win these amazing prizes ($5 = 1 entry, $10 = 2 entries etc).

The tax-deductible donation will benefit people with Down syndrome and their families. Thank you for your kindness and generosity. - See more

at: http://ndssyourway.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=10099

24&supid=389228005#sthash.QbDb1Pdr.dpuf

Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or jskoda@ahwatukee.com. Follow him on Twitter @JSkodaAFN.

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