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Abbeville woman gets big Special Olympics sendoff

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Ashley Bond holds up three fingers for the three medals she hopes to win. (FOX Carolina) Ashley Bond holds up three fingers for the three medals she hopes to win. (FOX Carolina)
ABBEVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

In downtown Abbeville, signs posted in business windows wish good luck to Ashley Bond.

Bond headed to Princeton, NJ, on Saturday for the 2014 USA Special Olympic Games. She will be competing in the bocce ball tournament, and she plans to win big.

"Three medals," she said of her goal, holding up three fingers. Bond, 33, has Down Syndrome and has competed in Special Olympic competitions on a statewide level, but never national.

That's why her entire community turned out to wish her good luck in the big games. She arrived at Abbeville City Hall in a fire truck, and Mayor Sarah Sherwood presented her with honors and proclaimed July 14 "Ashley Bond Day."

"She knows no strangers, She loves everybody, she loves life," said Chrystal Kimsey, Ashley's older sister.

Bond is one of many representing South Carolina in the Special Olympics. For more information on the Palmetto State's all-star team, click here.

UPDATE: Ashley Bond won Silver in Singles Bocce and Bronze in Unified Bocce at the games in New Jersey.

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