New Jersey loses a champion Special Olympian

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In June, 15-year-old Darius Cheston won the gold medal in the 2021 Summer Sports Finals, placing first in the 50 meter, and 3rd in the 100 meter.

“On September 30, 2021, the world lost a very special young man. Darius Cheston, though only 15 years old, was full of life and determination. He had a stunning smile, a sweet personality, and a big heart. As an athlete, Darius was incredibly proud of his accomplishments participating with the Special Olympics, competing in track,” Lenora Cheston said.  

Darius was also an artist, enjoyed video games, and loved his family very much.

“Darius was strong and he fought so very hard to get better. During the 3 months, Darius spent at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the doctors, nurses, therapists, and staff got to know Darius so well,” she added. “As a result, his caregivers fell in love with his spirit and had the wonderful opportunity to be touched by Darius’ life. Gone too soon, Darius leaves behind so many family and friends who cared and loved him deeply.”

The family has created a Go Fund Me page to help cover expenses associated with medical, funeral, or other financial needs during this difficult time.


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