BENEFITING: MYTEAM TRIUMPH
Welcome to the Chariot for Austin fundraising page, hosted by Ainsley’s Angels.
With your generosity, we aim to have a brand new Freedom Push Chair delievered to Austin's house! This chair will allow him to compete in local road races with his 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 Austin's family:
Our names are Jessica and Dan Hoover. We are parents of a 12 year old son, Austin. Austin has a rare chromosome disorder called Cri du Chat. We have always been involved in sports and Jessica has always been a runner. In the last few years, Dan has taken up distance running. We both have competed in the Columbus 1/2 Marathon the last several years and now Dan is training for his first full marathon. Our 10 year old daughter, Siarra, is starting to get into running. Austin, like Team Hoyt and Ainsley's Angels, loves to be in front of a crowd and loves to hear them cheer for him and enjoys sporting events. He is non-verbal, he can walk and run but very unsteady and only for short distances. We have decided we want to take up your cause and run with our son to give him the same fulfillment we feel when we cross the finish line. We have looked at jogging strollers for him and talked to insurance. However, they say it is not medically necessary, so it is not covered and it leaves us paying for it out of our pocket. Team Hoyt and Ainsley's Angels have truly inspired us to be better parents and better people. If only everyone could see and comprehend how big of a gift our special children are!!!
Thank you and God Bless,
Jessica, Dan, Austin, and Siarra
YES YOU CAN, donate 10, 20 or 50 dollars right now to ensure Austin 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
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 over 40 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!