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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 03-28-2019

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North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket Edition MARCH 28-APRIL 3, 2019 Sports & Recreation @ NORTH SMITHFIELD – Austin Prario's inspirational story is going to have a sequel. The 21-year-old Mapleville resident, who made regional headlines two years ago by overcoming long odds to run in the Boston Marathon with only three functioning chambers in his heart, is going to return to Hopkinton in a few weeks and answer the start- er's gun for the 123rd running of the historic 26.2-mile race. And Prario, who starred for the Burrillville High outdoor track and field team and spent two years as the throws coach for the new North Smithfield High track and field pro- gram, will lace up his running shoes again for the Boston Children's Hospital 'Miles for Miracles' team and run for what had been a "second home" in his life and a place that has meant a great deal to him. Prario was born with a rare con- genital heart defect that left him with a dysfunctional upper right chamber and forced him to undergo three open heart surgeries by the time he was three years old. As a result, Prario and his family spent most of his infant years at the Boston Children's Hospital. Inspired by the work and the com- passion that the hospital showed he and his family over the years, as well as his family's history with the Boston Marathon – his father, David, and uncle, Steve, both ran in the race – Prario wanted to do what appeared to be the unthinkable in 2017 and run as a charity runner for the 'Miles for Miracles' team, proving that despite his condition, he was "just like every- one else," and that meant running 26.2 miles. After getting the blessing from his family and the clearance from several doctors and cardiologists to run, as well as the thumbs-up from the Boston Athletic Association, Prario found himself and his father lined up for the 8:50 a.m. wave that's usually reserved for the mobility impaired participants. Six hours and 14 minutes later, Prario crossed the finish line alongside his brother, Ethan, who "pinch-ran" for his father by hopping into the race midway through it, and with his fam- ily waiting to greet him. "It was so surreal to cross that (fin- ish) line," Prario said last Thursday afternoon at Dunkin' Donuts on Broncos Highway in Burrillville. "Taking that left onto Boylston (Street) and seeing the hundreds of people lined up on the sidewalks (for the final 0.4 of a mile) was really cool. It was just something that you think you'd never do. I took my shirt off and flexed, and I showed my scar on my chest and it was like, 'I came full circle.'" The experience was truly a memo- rable one for Prario, who is currently a senior studying communications at URI, and it's something he'd like to encounter one more time. "I decided to come back and run for kids with congenital heart defects," Prario said. "I will be running with my orange and blue checkered (Boston Children's Hospital) jersey again, and I will be putting pictures of all the kids on the jersey. It's being made right now because we have roughly 130 pictures and we're still getting more responses for (the jersey)." AUSTIN PRARIO, shown getting ready to cross the finish line of the 2017 Boston Marathon, will be back at the legendary 26.2-mile race in a few weeks. Back to Boston Two years after running marathon with heart condition, Prario eyes return to legendary 26.2-mile race By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze Sports Editor See PRARIO, Page 17 Check Our Website for Today's Low Heating Oil Price Diocese of Providence Office of Catholic Cemeteries (401) 944-8383 Our cemeteries are: a connection to the sacredness of our faith; symbols of our faith in the resurrection; and a place of reverence and respect for our loved ones to be laid to rest. Our consecrated grounds are an extension of the Church where families are invited to reflect, pray, and remember. Our faith teaches us as we are baptized after birth into this faith, we should be laid to rest within our Catholic Cemeteries upon death. We understand times and preferences change, and we are here to meet those needs. The Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of Providence is working hard to give you all the options we can, at all of our statewide locations. Whether you prefer a traditional burial, cremation, or mausoleum entombment, we are implement - ing these options for you. We have different sections specifically for our clergy, families who have experienced the loss of a child, cremation, and our honored veterans. Contact any one of our cemeteries directly, or our main office for guidance as to which cemetery meets your needs. We are here for you to assist you through making the decisions that you and your family are comfortable with, while best fitting your needs. What makes Catholic Cemeteries different?

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