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Fox Cities half marathon features 12-year-old with Paralympic dreams

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NEENAH – A family trio of three generations are among those racing this weekend at the 31st Annual Community First Fox City Marathon.

Twelve-year-old Gabriel Langlois has made the race a family affair by inviting his father and grandfather to participate in Sunday’s half marathon.

Gabriel uses a wheelchair. He was born with spina bifida, a condition in which the human spinal cord does not develop properly, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.

Gabrielle cannot walk, but she is passionate about racing and exercising outside.

Gabrielle’s father, Daniel Langlois, said, “Perseverance is basically a lesson I learned from him throughout his life.” Has a smile.Most people who have half the problems he has (don’t have) are a tenth of the joys he has…he is an exciting kid is.”