How do Raymond's actions change Squeaky's view of him?

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Squeaky suddenly sees Raymond as a human being with great possibilities at the climax of the short story “Raymond’s Run” by Toni Cade Bambara. Toward the end of the May Day Race, Squeaky looks to see if Gretchen is catching her but when she looks to her other side, she sees Raymond running alongside the fence. He has his own special running style with his hands at his sides and his palms turned up. He is chugging along almost as fast as she is. It occurs to her that with some coaching, Raymond could carry on the family tradition of fast runners in their Harlem neighborhood. Instead of being known as Squeaky’s disabled brother, he could become a runner in his own right. She reacts excitedly by jumping up and down as Raymond scales the fence to meet her. She thinks, “I have a roomful of ribbons and medals, and awards. But what has Raymond got to call his own?” From that moment on, she sees the potential in Raymond in spite of his disabilities.