BENEFITING: MYTEAM TRIUMPH
EVENT DATE: Oct 27, 2013
MEET THE CAPTAIN and his ANGEL, but first...check out this video of Captain Landon and Angel Jody at the starting line!
On December 8, 2012, Captain Landon earned his Captain medal during the fall of 2012 and the title 'HALF MARATHONER' in December 2012! Now, he has his eyes set on the title, MARATHONER!!
Landon has a rare metabolic genetic disorder called Non-Ketotic Hyperglycinemia. With this disorder, children have a hard time breaking down glycine. Because glycine isn't broken down, it builds up in the body and blocks the transmitting signals from one brain cell to another. Excessive glycine disrupts the function of the brain. Landon has a mild form of NKH and doesn't require oxygen or a feeding tube like some other NKH children. He loves being outside and enjoys rocking in his chair. We always know when he is happy because he claps his hands and crosses his legs when he sits and rolls with the wind!
See Captain Landon in action on KPLC TV's DREW VS YOU at this link.
And here is a message from the man loaning his legs, Angel Jody Brashear: I never was a a big runner when I was younger. Running came along when my wife, Kristi, and I lived in Ohio. I ran a few short races and then a buddy talked me into running a Half Marathon in Columbus, Ohio. Afterwards, I was hooked. To date, I have ran a Tough Mudder, (8) Half Marathons, and One Full Marathon (The New York Marathon in 2011). After New York, I figured I would not run another Full Marathon again.
I believe everything in life happens for a reason...and the day before Labor Day 2012, in Virginia Beach, my life was forever changed. I earned my ‘Angel’ wings as I pushed my cousin, Ainsley Rossiter, across the Virginia Beach Rock and Rock Half Marathon finish line. Words can’t describe the feelings I felt after seeing the expressions and excitement on the faces of all the Team Hoyt VB rider athletes. All the pain and sore muscles I had completely disappeared.
Since then, I have helped to establish a local chapter of mTT: Ainsley's Angels here in Southwest Louisiana (Check out this video!). When my cousin, Ainsley’s Dad, asked if I would like to take part in the Marine Corps Marathon in October 2013 on behalf of Ainsley's Angels, I couldn't turn it down…as our motto, like the Hoyt’s, is YES, YOU CAN!
I am excited for the challenge that comes with training for another Marathon. I can't wait to get this adventure started with Captain Landon!
So, who is Ainsley?
Well, she 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 her 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 she 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 everyone shares is a therapy like no other. In an effort to spread this amazing experience to as many people as possible, Ainsley inspired the creation of three 501c3 public charities (TX, NC, LA) and the Ainsley's Angels of America Foundation. Aiming to see other families experience what the Hoyt's have experienced nearly 1100 times and what the Rossiter’s have experienced over 40 times (so far), they established these organizations to ensure others can "roll with the wind" and live up to the philosophy of, "Yes You Can."
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 your support. Among the things donations will be used for include: purchasing an enclosed equipment trailer; maintaining/purchasing jogger chairs, bike trailers, and boat rafts; purchasing team uniforms; ensuring all Captains never pay for a single event, and continuing to provide for the best events possible for our Captains and their families! We also aim to support local special needs schools, programs, and organizations, while also offering an annual out-of-area trip/race for our special rider athletes.
You can also spread the word of Ainsley's Angels' efforts.
1. Click here to purchase the children’s book, Born an Angel, written by Ainsley’s 11-year old sister and donate it to a local elementary school library! Proceeds go to the Ainsley's Angels Foundation
2. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter: @ainsleys_angels
4. Visit and share our website
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!