PPB September 2022

compete and happy that we could financially contribute to her success.” Larson also gives back to her community. She loves to crochet, donating her knitwork to local hospitals and cancer centers. “It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I love tomake baby hats and blankets,” she says. “If I had to pick, I would say the one I got the ribbon on at the fair last year.” When she isn’t working or competing in the Olympics, Larson is connecting with herself and loved ones. “I like towalk, and that helpsme to stay focused,” she says. “I play games withmy friends and family as well. I talk withmy friends on the phone and that keepsme excited to get ready to go and compete again.” Valdez is an associate editor at PPAI. Briana’s Best Advice To someone who is afraid to follow their dreams… I would say keep on trying because you never know when you will make it and get what you want. It’s always OK to reach out and ask for help. The newest dream I am pursuing is… to do my best and get a medal so I can apply for the 2026 USA games, which will be in Minnesota. Right now, I am focusing on getting all my [crocheting] entries for the local fair and hoping to get some blue ribbons. I want to continue to work at Koozie Group because I love my job! IN YOUR FACE! CALENDARSWON’T BE IGNORED SAGE/57590 PPAI/114154 Your ad seen everyday for about a penny a week! Now on Sale Below EQP! WarwickPublishing.com MADE IN USA h25 Stock Shapes h7 Vinyl Colors hCustom Shapes Available (C) Value Stick™Adhesive Calendars Larson with her parents. Larson’s check from Koozie Group to compete in the Special Olympics. | SEPTEMBER 2022 | 85 CONNECT