BENEFITING: MYTEAM TRIUMPH
EVENT DATE: Oct 27, 2013
YES, the photo to the left is Mercy in her Freedom jogger...thanks to your support to purchase and with the help of her classmates to put it together!
YES, her classmates are awesome...in fact her school is awesome...they are all planning to donate 26 cents to this mission!
YES, we are going to run the Marine Corps Marathon!
YES, Mercy will earn the title “MARATHONER” owned by less than 1% of the world!
YES, you can support our efforts with a donation, book donation, and/or support on social media (details below).
From Captain Mercy (YES, she wrote this!)
Mercedes Blouin-Escoto is a sixth grader at Harmony Middle School. She is friendly, smart and she loves to help other children. Mercedes was Muscular Dystrophy's Goodwill Ambassador fro the state of Maryland for two years in 2009 and 2010. She also donated her hair twice for "Locks of Love". Mercedes also did the Muscular Dystrophy Association's telethon in Baltimore for four years. She is a great spokesperson and gives back to her community. Mercy met with firefighters in Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia to inspire them to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy. Every year Mercedes attends Muscular Dystrophy camp in Southern Maryland.
Mercy gets around with the use of an electric wheel chair. She has limited physical mobility but this does not stop her from participating in life. She really enjoys school and this year she was in the school play Cinderella. Mercy is a social and active young lady with a big heart and lots of motivation to help other children. Mercedes is very excited about being part of the Marine Corps Marathon. She loves to do anything she can to help and inspire other children.
From Angel Jennifer (the jury is still out, but we think she wrote this)
My name is Jennifer Dunn and I am a first year special education teacher with Loudoun County Public Schools. I work with students with a vast array of special needs and disabilities. I am married and have three happy, healthy children of her own. In addition to working with children who have special needs, I have competed in several running races and triathlons of varying distances over the years and I have witnessed athletes with disabilities competing.
Mercy and I teamed up to enter Sadie's Race, a local charity 5K in memory of a local little girl who lost her life after sustaining a head injury in a roller skating accident. In my search for a proper wheelchair for Mercy and I to use in this race I was lucky enough to be put in touch with Ainsley's Angels. From this introduction, Mercy and I have started our journey towards completing this 5K and next the Marine Corps Marathon. With Mercy's enthusiasm, spunk, generous heart, and positive attitude I am sure this is just the beginning for us. My legs might be the motor, but the real Captain of this team is definitely Mercedes Blouin-Escoto!
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."
$2620.00 is our goal (get it? 26.20 miles?). This will cover the purchasing of Mercy's racing chair (it will be her's forever), it will cover race entry for both Mercy and Jennifer, it will ensure a 250.00 grant to cover any weekend expenses Mercy might have, and it will help Ainsley's Angels to continue its mission. NOW, most exciting, every dollar over this goal will be set aside to aid Jennifer and Ainsley's Angels in establishing a running chapter in Northern Virginia! How awesome is that?! Creating a chapter in Northern Virginia will enable more children and adults to experience the trill of crossing the finish line!
Another way to help, is to 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!