Gratitude and an update!
December 02, 2016
AINSLEYSANGELS OF AMERICA wrote -
The photograph says it all, as Cormac cheers on his Mom as she runs on a treadmill......the TIME is NOW to get Cormac rolling in his own RACES and Ainsley's Angels of America is super excited to help!
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Cormac is the type of kid who would be out jumping his bike off of homemade plywood ramps, or riding his skateboard at the local skate park. He would be out running around with all of the neighbor kids until the street lights come on each night, getting into mischief and having a grand time.
If he could.
But Cormac was born with a catastrophic congenital brain malformation called hemimegalencephaly that caused constant seizures, and at 5 months old, had a hemispherectomy. His surgeon said that Cormac's was the worst damage he had ever seen, which wasn't particularly reassuring news, but I have done everything I can to try to give him as full a life as possible.
Cormac is restricted to life in a wheelchair and is non-verbal, which often prevents my very social young teenager from engaging with people like he wants to. In April of this year, we walked our very first 5k, which was a fundraiser for one of Cormac's friends--and he had a blast! In fact, he had so much fun, we signed up to do the Rock and Roll Marathon San Diego 5k, and aside from the 4:00 a.m. wakeup, he loved that, too! We mostly walked that one, too, but when I saw how much he loved being out there with all of those other runners, I decided that I needed to start running so that he could continue to participate in activities like races!
There isn't a lot that Cormac can participate in as fully as he would like to, but racing is something that he can be right in the middle of, even if he's not actually up on his feet! I have decided to run a half marathon by my 50th birthday (which is in a few months), and then be able to haul Cormac along to participate as often as possible. His wheelchair, while great for day-to-day life, is incredibly hard to try to push around our neighborhood, especially while jogging, and a well-fitted and well-balance rig would make both of us more comfortable. Cormac also has dozens of friends who I think would love to be able to get out and go, too, and we look forward to being able to open more doors by sharing his rig with other kids like him!
One small caveat to my grand plan, and maybe I shouldn't even mention it, is that I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis a few years ago. I am doing really well, but the day may come when I can't push Cormac or help him to participate any longer. His participation in Ainsley's Angels of America as an Angel athlete rider will ensure that he always has a chance to do what he loves, even if I am not the one to be able to help him along!!
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