When the Lutzes first decided to send Collin to the Special Olympic World Summer Games, the price tag attached was about $7,000 — a daunting number for any family.
But the Lutzes wanted to give their son the chance of a lifetime and went full steam ahead in their fundraising efforts.
Shorty after the first quote, the price was dropped to $5,000 with the help of funds from the Special Olympics national fundraising.
“It was scary, overwhelming. I didn’t know where to go because every time I tried a different avenue, it fizzled,” Shannon Lutz said.
The Lutz’s turned to their chuch, St. Luke Catholic Church, which had a dinner to help raise money.
A group of teachers at JCTC read an article about Lutz in The Jessamine Journal in March and started calling around to people they knew and asking for donations. A $500 donation came out of Louisville and the ball was rolling.