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Columbia, SC (WLTX)- People say he has the biggest heart in the Midlands.

Travis Luthren, 24, was born with Down syndrome and is competing in the National Special Olympics in swimming. He started swimming competitively at just 8-years-old.

The disability hasn't stopped him from inspiring others with Down syndrome.

Travis is also a full-time employee at the Special Olympics and writes thank you cards to everyone who donates.

He said his family has been supportive and behind him in everything.

"My mom and my grandmother are the only two ladies that raised me to be who I am today," Luthren said.

The 2014 Special Olympics will be held in Princeton, New Jersey.

Special Olympics South Carolina provides year-round sports training for more than 20,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities.


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