BENEFITING: MYTEAM TRIUMPH
Welcome to the Chariot for Louis fundraising page, hosted by Ainsley’s Angels.
With your generosity, we aim to assist Marli with ensuring a brand new Freedom Push Chair is delivered in Louis’ house by mid August! This will allow him to compete in local road races with his sister! 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 these siblings. In fact, Ainsley and her sister, Briley, have done fifteen races together and the story is even subject of a children’s book (Born An Angel) written by 11 year old Briley.
A Special Message from Marli Ponce de Leon
My brother is 30 years old. He has the big heart, great sense of humor and impacts anyone who he meets. He has taught me that “can't” should never be in your vocabulary and that a smile and a wave speak louder than words. My brother has several disabilities such as scoliosis, club feet, cp, and he is deaf just to name a few, but he will try anything and participates in baseball, kickball and dance. He had many medical scares since he was born but with a smile on his face he impresses the medical field. He is a fighter and an extremely hard worker, an example of this is at the age of 11 he taught himself to walk. My brother is a huge competitor but because of his disabilities it has kept him mostly looking from the side line. However, as he gets older, it is harder for him to move around as much and on top of it not being able to do the things he would like is frustrating for him. He is only physically disabled and he is stuck in a body that won't do what he wants it to do. If you can, please open your hearts and donate so that we could get him a jogger chair so he can accompany me in runs. He can walk but not far because his oxygen levels go down, and pain sets in. I want to share with him how it feels to have the wind in your hair, and the feeling of feeling free. We are extremely close and I can't see anything more rewarding then being able to push my hero. We also want to spread the word that individual's with disabilities are like anyone else who with an extra “push/help” can accomplish things. Once we get the chair, we would also like to “pay it forward”, and give other individuals in El Paso a chance to race as well, and I would be more than happy to push anyone who would like that experience. Please help me give my brother the wonderful experience of being able to participate in running events, he is the first one to go out of his way to help anyone he can and I know this would mean a lot to him.
YES YOU CAN, donate 10, 20 or 50 dollars right now to ensure Louis can roll with the wind and experience the thrill 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."