BENEFITING: MYTEAM TRIUMPH
Welcome to ‘Angel’ David Goudzwaard’s Fundraising page in support of mTT: Ainsley’s Angels of Eastern Carolina.
A message from “G”, as most of us know him:
As an active duty United States Marine, fitness has always been a very important aspect of my life. I have always been a runner and have competed in many races over the years. I ran for myself, personal records, personal bests or just for the personal satisfaction of being able to complete a race. I have come to realize that there is a much better reason to run and it has nothing to do with me!
Last year, I had the distinct honor of being invited to run as an “Angel” with an amazing organization and an amazing family. Ainsley’s Angels of Eastern Carolina pairs able-bodied runners (known as “Angels”) with children, teens, adults and veterans who might not be able to experience the thrill of endurance events such as 5K, 8K, half-marathons, and even 26.2 mile marathons. If only for a brief moment in time, these “Captains” as we call them, are free from their daily challenges as they enjoy life-experiences that most take for granted.
The excitement and freedom these “Captains” experience has provided me with the will and desire to do more for them. It is with great pride that I announce I am running with a Captain from Ainsley’s Angels at this year’s Marine Corps Marathon in Washington DC. This will be my first marathon and I can think of no greater cause or way to experience the 26.2 miles associated with a Marathon. I know this journey will require many hours and many miles...I am ready, but could use your help spread awareness for what Ainsley's Angels is all about. I invite you to visit www.ainsleysangels.org to learn all about this amazing organization and to also connect with/"LIKE" Ainsley’s Angels on Facebook!
If you would like to help me support myTEAM TRIUMPH - Ainsley’s Angels, please partner with me by making a donation on this page or by check to the below address (yes, I know it is in Louisiana, that is where Ainsley’s Grandfather and treasurer lives):
Ainsley's Angels of Eastern Carolina
In care of Angel Dave
113 Vanessa Ave
Lake Charles, LA 70605
Thank you all !
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All donations are critical! Since we currently do not have any membership fees for our Captains (those we push) or our Angels (those who push), our mission is dependent on support from sponsors. Donations will be used for: maintaining our enclosed equipment trailer, purchasing and maintaining jogger chairs, bike trailers, and boat rafts, purchasing team uniforms, race entries for our Captains, ensuring all Captains never pay for a single event, and ensuring we can continue to provide for the best events possible for our Captains and their families! We also aim to eventually support local special needs schools, programs, and organizations, while also funding an annual out-of-area trip/race for our special athletes.
Who is Ainsley?
Ainsley does not talk or walk; she does not play for fun; but she smiles, while out for a run. An inspiration to thousands, she is an amazing little girl with a smile that will light up any room. Shortly after being diagnosed with an extremely rare progressive genetic nerve disorder called Infantile Neuroaxonal Dystrophy (INAD), Ainsley completed the Surfer's Healing Virginia Beach 5K road race. Her first of many running-aided, wind-induced smiles took our family's collective breath away as she received her finisher's medal and became an official Team Hoyt Virginia Beach (THVB) ATHLETE! Inspired by Dick and Rick Hoyt, and the only running team authorized by the Hoyt's to use their name, THVB provided Ainsley's family with a therapeutic means to fight the devastation associated with learning and trying to live with the fact that your child has a terminal illness. The positive energy surrounding the start line, the children smiling from ear to ear, the togetherness of every member preparing to "roll with the wind", the fearlessness of the athletes, the normalcy of the family, and the love we all have for each other is a therapy like no other. In an effort to spread this amazing experience to as many people as possible, Ainsley's Angels aims to see other families experience what the Hoyt's have experienced over 1000 times and what we have experienced over 35 times (so far). As such, we created this chapter of myTEAM Triumph to ensure others can "roll with the wind" and live up to the philosophy of, "Yes You Can."