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ELLSWORTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Twenty months after a quiet Connecticut town was shaken by a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown is learning to move forward by carrying on the spirits of those 26 who were killed.

7-year-old Chase Michael-Anthony Kowalski was one of 20 children and 6 educators that didn't make it out of Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14th, 2012. Chase is remembered as an active boy with lots of spirit.

Mainers helped raise money for Chase Kowalski's foundation at the Mid-Coast Mud Runs Kid Day .

Chase's mother Rebecca Kowalski described her son as a sweet boy full of energy.

"It's been an adjustment you know lots of tears, but we get through it. And it's sharing his story and being inspirational to other people and letting them know as tragic as this event was and how unnecessary it was, we can turn a tragedy into a triumph."

Hundreds of people have participated in athletic events for Chase throughout the country, hoping to help the Kowalski family bring a positive force to families and communities, so Chase's spirit can live on. There vision is to help turn tragedy into triumph. They're doing this in hopes others can realize family and love can prevail any obstacle or issue.

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