BENEFITING: MYTEAM TRIUMPH
Welcome to the Chariot for Shamus fundraising page, hosted by Ainsley’s Angels.
With your generosity, Shamus recieved his brand new Freedom Push Chair...and LOVES the chair! His father, Shaun is ensuring Shamus is raking up the miles. Trust me, 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.
GET TO KNOW SHAMUS:
Shamus is a 7 year old boy with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy, which limits the use of his legs. As a result he spends much of his day in a wheelchair. He does not let that slow him down even a little bit. Shamus is extremely active and wants to play like any other seven year old. He plays baseball, bowls, golfs, and fishes from his wheelchair. He recently started an adaptive ski program and loves to "zoom fast down the slopes" with his helper and his ski chair. Despite temperatures in the single digits and wind chill below zero Shamus was always the first one on the mountain and the last one off this winter. Shamus's dad, Shaun is a marathon runner and has taken Shamus on long runs since he could fit in an infant/toddler jogging stroller. After hundreds of miles together on the roads Shamus has outgrown that stroller but wants to continue running and racing with his dad, his mom, Nichole, and his younger brother Simon. Shamus is a boy who does not want to sit back and watch others...he wants to be an active participant and feel the wind on his face. This running chair will help to continue to provide Shamus with some of the freedom that he seeks.
YES YOU CAN, donate 10, 20 or 50 dollars right now to ensure Shamus can soon roll with the wind in his face as he experiences 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.
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."
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
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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!