BENEFITING: MYTEAM TRIUMPH
Welcome to the Chariot for AJ fundraising page, hosted by Ainsley’s Angels.
With your generosity, we aim to have a brand new Freedom Push Chair and CycleTote Bicycle Trailer delivered in August to AJ’s house! This will allow her to compete in local road races with her family! As the father of a very special girl named Ainsley, the positive energy surrounding the start line, 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. I just know this is going to be a life changing event for this family.
A Special Message from AJ's Mom:
My name is Miranda and my twins were born in 2006, which was the happiest day of my life. Immediately, I knew AJ was different, but it wasn't until she was later diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome that I fully understood what her challenges would be. AJ is a very happy 'Angel' child, despite the inability to speak. Cognitively, she is 18 months old, with severe physical and mental delays. She enjoys animals, crayons, marshmallows, and her therapy sessions are her favorite.
After her diagnosis, I quickly realized AJ would more than likely be with me for the rest of my life. It frightens me to accept she will outlive me and I will have to trust others to care for her. So I'm dedicating my life to healthy and fitness and doing everything I can to stay on this earth with them as long as I can. I began running short distances in 2010 and my ultimate dream is to run a half marathon, and later, a full marathon, pushing AJ in a specialized running chair.
AJ and her twin, Mae are seven years old now and have outgrown our retail running stroller, which was one of the largest on the market. Mae has began running with me, but we cannot run, of course, unless we find a babysitter for AJ. It is not fair. AJ loves the wind, the sun, even the rain when we run and most importantly, it is our special time as a family. I miss running with my kids and it has been almost six months.
Ainsley's Angels extended a helping hand and understand my extreme desire to run with my children. They are going to help me achieve my dream of pushing AJ in a half marathon in an adaptive chair, something I've been dreaming about for years now. Thank you for visiting this site, and thank you for helping us make this dream a realization. For everyone who donates to AJ's adaptive running chair, I will run with YOUR name on the back of her chair during our first half marathon. Hopefully, it will be the first of many.
YES YOU CAN, donate 10, 20 or 50 dollars right now to ensure AJ can roll with the wind and experience the trill of crossing a road race finish line!
Click the orange button in the upper right of this page or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for a link to make a donation using PayPay and/or for a mailing address should you prefer to donate by check. We will ensure all donations appear on this page as off-line donations.
Another way to help, is to spread the word of our message and 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
3. Like Briley’s book page us on Facebook: Born An Angel
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 nearly 1100 times and what we have experienced nearly 50 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."
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!