AINSLEYSANGELS OF AMERICA via Crowdrise
January 12, 2016
Ainsley's Angels is thrilled to help ensure Jess can continue to roll with the wind in comfort.
Please take a moment to read this testimony from Jess' friend, Cassey:
I have always loved to run, and I have prayed many prayers that God would provide a purpose to this hobby so that I could use it to help others. That prayer was answered one day by complete surprise as I never before shared my desire to do something purposeful with my extra time to anyone.
Jess Espinoza, a friend from church, was born prematurely but pulled through like a champ and was given the opportunity to fight through cerebral palsy. Despite her paralysis, she does not let it stop her from having fun and doing things she desires. Because she enjoys competing, Jess joined Ainsley’s Angels, an organization that pairs runners with wheelchair-bound riders. While she was searching for a runner, Jess and I were officially introduced by another friend. I have now been given the awesome opportunity to run with Jess and Ainsley’s Angels. It has been such an amazing journey! The joy Jess receives while we are running and competing in races is priceless. This makes each step memorable, enjoyable, and a blessing that I still don’t realize is coming until the run is over.
We are extremely grateful to Ainsley’s Angels for allowing us to borrow their joggers, but now Jess and I would like to try to get our own jogger to help ease scheduling conflicts and allow for more practice and race opportunities. This extra jogger will also be available to other riders from Ainsley’s Angels to use whenever they desire, giving other riders and Jess the opportunity to get out, relax, enjoy the wind through their hair, see the beautiful country side, and have fun.
Our runs are made up of lots of laughter and good times. We would like to raise enough funds for a Team Hoyt Blade Running Chair. These joggers are specially made to allow disabled riders to safely enjoy the sport of running while allowing the runner to have a comfortable experience as well. This specific jogger is lightweight and can be fully disassembled to make travel easier. They start at $3,800. We have already raised $1,085 in just two days!! The outpouring of support has been such a blessing, from words of encouragement, to sharing the page, to the overwhelming financial support! Many people who had not heard of Ainsley’s Angels are now aware which means the organization could potentially be growing. How exciting!! Let’s keep rolling for others! Our goal is $4,200 to cover the chair, taxes and fees.
Thank you for taking the time to read our story! We would appreciate any help that you can provide!
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17
“Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. Make level paths for your feet, so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.” Hebrews 12:12-13
“Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things.” Hebrews 13:18