Woman runs marathon for kids with special needs

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BROOKLYN HEIGHTS -

A Brooklyn woman will be running in the New York City Marathon to support children with special needs.

Amy Stone's routine for the past 10 months has been training to run the marathon, which in this Sunday. 

She will run for children with special needs, but she'll be running a little harder for one child in particular, her 10-year-old daughter Sammy.

"She was born very early, very premature, she had a brain hemorrhage after birth and so she has Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy and Hyrocycephalis," Stone says.

Her twin sister, Alex was born without any health issues.  Cerebral Palsy makes it difficult for Sammy to get around and sometimes she has to use a wheelchair. 

What's more heartbreaking to her mother is watching Sammy struggle in social situations.

"You can get by without necessarily being able to walk, but you know having friends and enjoying yourself and feeling like you’re part of something, that's what matters," she says.

The Brooklyn Heights mom will raise money for Extreme Kids and Crew, a group which her daughter belongs to.

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