Welcome to Captain Emily's fundraising page to support myTEAM Triumph: Ainsley's Angels of Southwest Louisiana!
An 11 year old native of Welsh, Louisiana, Captain Emily was born with Congenital Musular Dystrophy. She attends Lacassine High School and loves 'hanging-out" with her friends, swimming, and having sleepovers.
We look forward to seeing her smile as she rolls with the wind!
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!
What is myTEAM TRIUMPH - Ainsley's Angels of Southwest Louisana Chapter?
myTEAM TRIUMPH is an athletic ride-along program created for children, teens, adults and veterans with disabilities who would normally not be able to experience endurance events such as triathlons or road races.
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 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."