Participant's in the Auburn University Physicians Executive Masters in Business Administration Program will be spending a week in Washington, D.C during March 2013 to interact with US policy makers and to learn about the future of the U.S. healthcare system.
In an amazing act of unselfishness, some of them have chose to run in the Rock-n-Roll Washington DC Marathon Series as Guardain Angels of Ainsley's Angels.
Officially formed in July 2012, Ainsley’s Angels of Southwest Louisiana is a certified, non-profit chapter of myTEAM Triumph. With a mission to serve as an athletic ride-along program created for persons who would normally not be able to experience endurance events, such as 5Ks, 10Ks, half and full marathons, triathlons, to name but a few, Ainsley’s Angels is growing rapidly.
The team’s “Angels” are able-bodied runners who utilize specialized jogging chairs to guide their “Captain” in endurance events. The organization’s namesake, “Captain” Ainsley Rossiter, has completed over 35 endurance events, to include the Marine Corps Marathon and five half marathons, with the help of her “Angels” over the last four years.
As Ainsley’s father, active duty Marine Corps Major Kim Rossiter, explains, “Running has proved to be an amazing therapy for our family and friends, as the smiles brought on while Ainsley is “Rolling with the Wind” has proved to be an inspiration to many. The positive energy surrounding the start line, the children smiling from ear to ear, the fearlessness of the athletes, the normalcy of the family, and the love Ainsley’s Angels has for one another is a therapy like no other. And we aim to spread this amazing experience to as many people as possible!”
All donations are critical! Since we currently do not have any membership fees, our mission is dependent on support from sponsors. All donations will be used to maintain our enclosed equipment trailer, to purchase and maintain jogger chairs, and to ensure we can continue to provide for the best events possible for our Captains!
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. In 2007, Ainsley was diagnosed with an extremely rare genetic nerve disorder called Infantile Neuroaxonal Dystrophy (INAD). Ainsley will be 9 years old on December 10, 2012 and her illness is rapidly progressing. At the time of her diagnosis, only 7 cases of INAD were known in the United States; most children with this diagnosis pass on before reaching 10 years of age, as there is no cure or treatment to help slow down this very progressive and terminal disease. Shortly after being diagnosed with 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 30 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."
To get involved as an “Angel”, “Captain”, volunteer, or corporate sponsor visit www.ainsleysangels.org or www.mtt-ainsleysangels-swla.org to read about upcoming events and to find out more about “Ainsley” and why she is such an inspiration to so many. You may also contact the chapter directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, they hope to hear from you soon!
More on the PEMBA program can be found at: http://business.auburn.edu/academics/executive/physicians-executive-mba/the-program1/