Oklahoma woman honored for changing lives of special needs children

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OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma woman, who works a full-time job, was honored for changing the lives of Oklahomans in her spare time.

Jeanne Malson spends her free time making sure that young people with disabilities get the chance to be on a team.

Her initial drive stemmed from her own daughter, Becky, but is now all-encompassing, according to Bonnie Patterson, her co-worker.

"Jeanne is an advocate that flies under the radar. She really does, she doesn't talk about what she does, but her actions speak louder than words," Patterson said.

Malson started the Special Friends Bowling League for young people with disabilities a few years ago.

"Now, it's grown to be this huge, huge group of participants," said Patterson.

Now, the kids participate in basketball, track meets and Special Olympics.

Patterson nominated Jeanne for Pay It 4Ward.

"I think she's just about as perfect as an individual can be," she said.

Jeanne was completely caught off guard by NewsChannel 4 and Spirit Mortgage.

"You are a very special, special lady and the work you do with your kids, I call them your kids. And your tireless energy you put into keeping them active athletically and your advocacy work, I want that to be recognized, so KFOR Channel 4 and Spirit Mortgage recognize you," said Patterson.

"If you know a student or a child that needs to get out and do something, push them, encourage them, it's the best thing you could ever do," Malson said.

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