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Dream Big for All Abilities

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September 17, 2017

That feeling when you get to hug your kids on the course twice during your longest run ever!  💗 Beautiful nature course through four cities  See more
Liz Allen

THE STORY:

Daniel has been running a lot of his life....perhaps not in the way runner friends and many of us have been so blessed to walk or run: 

Running to the library bare-footed 

Running to a pool without telling mom or dad 

Running to a football field while school was in session 


He loves his nephews and nieces. 

Disney songs bring a smile and quick glance to you. 

Intense 'I love you' hugs are his specialty. 


He is 19 and functions on a 4 year old level, mostly non-verbal.  He looks normal in a photo, perhaps, and so behavioral outburts in public are often met with increased scrutiny for his age and size. It's a daily and life long struggle for my parents. 


Years of PT/OT/Speech Visits, Hydrotherapy, and ABA therapy became a norm growing up for both him and my brother, Caleb. 

Daniel is significantly more severe on the autism scale and he is my little brother. 


As a sibling, I see the love he has for family and joy he has when we are all together.  ...Even in the times when physical manifestations of autism overtake his body.  

I think many can relate to that dichotomy of broken hearted and joy when a loved one has a chronic life health condition that brings struggle, financial impact, and yet, small victories over the years.  ...As little as increased eye contact or as big as saying, "Mom" for the first time.  

I see the need he has to move and run to help with his proprioception and sensory needs - something a part of lifelong therapy he has participated in, my mom has driven him to and advocated for, and my dad has supported in working so hard to support it all.


In approaching a bucket list dream of mine - running a marathon - I cannot help but run for something bigger than a challenge and goal I've had since I was 17. 

....Perhaps easier to attain as a teen than a mom with amazingly energetic little kids ;)


In this big dream 

I run for my brothers

I want to run for their peers and families who could use an encouraging place to achieve their own goals. 

I want to support a place that is empowering, celebrates diversity, is community focused, and driven by love to serve others - focused on abilities, not disabilities - supporting kids, young adults, and families. 

Personally

I run for my kids <3 - I am so grateful for them and to get to be their mom.  

I run because I love running, great positive friendships, beautiful nature, and for wellness.

I run this distance to challenge myself and work at a goal that I have a lot of respect for.  I have so much gratitude, respect, and joy along this journey.


Turnstone is a local to them facility that provides a place for that motor movement outlet they so desparately need. It's an amazing facility that hosts paraolympic clubs and events, support groups, PT/OT, speech therapies and so much more.


*The other awesome thing: it supports families regardless of income or ability to pay, subsidizing services significantly

***All donations through this fundraising page in honor of Daniel Ahlersmeyer will benefit Turnstone's general fund and will be tax deductible.  If you are so moved to donate on his behalf, please include his name with your donation.  Thank you!

**If the fundraising goal is met, a generous individual will be paying for Daniel's membership to Turnstone personally.  Ahh!!  Let's do this! 


Target Date: October 8, 2017 Chicago Marathon

My primary goal is $524 - 20 family or friends donating $26.20 for each year of life for Daniel (turning 20 in December)

My stretch goal is $1,100.40 - 22 additional family or friends donating $26.20 for each year of life for Caleb (turning 22 in December)

Any amount would be a gift to kids at Turnstone - so gratefully and humbly appreciated.


Thank you so much family and friends. 

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About Turnstone: Turnstone’s Mission is to provide therapeutic, educational, wellness, sport, and recreational programs that empower people with disabilities to reach their full potential in every aspect of life. 


Turnstone is guided by the Vision that one day, people will live, work, learn, and play in a world based on their abilities, not their disabilities. Turnstone is an active leader in the development of services for people with disabilities and their families. 


Website: http://turnstone.org 


In numbers: 

1445 children and adults benefited from rehab, PT/OT, speech, health and wellness 71 children impacted through class programs 

128 adult day programs 

1314 children and adults impacted through case management and support groups 


Individuals and Diagnoses Impacted by Turnstone: 

Amputees 

Autism 

Cerebal Palsey 

Chromosomal Abnormalities 

Down Syndrome 

Parkinson's 

Stroke

Wounded Veterns 


Overview of Services: Founded in 1943, Turnstone offers a wide array of programs, including sports & recreation, adult day services, memory care, an in-house preschool, health & wellness programs, therapies, and specializedequipment to meet the unique needs of people with disabilities. As a designated Gold Medal Paralympic Sports Club, Turnstone’s state-of-the-art facilities host sports and recreation programs for health, wellness, and competition on a regional, national, and international level, includingwheelchairbasketball, wheelchair tennis, power soccer, sledhockey, curling, rugby, goalball, and boccia. 


Turnstone is a nonprofit organization serving more than 2,200 children, adults, and families in Northeast Indiana annually. Thanks to the generous support of thecommunity, Turnstone offers programs and services at a reduced rate to 95% of the people it serves. 


The following support groups are offered at Turnstone: 

Caregiver Support Group 

Fort Wayne Amputee Support Group 

Parent Support Group 

Parkinson's Support Group 

Parkinson's Caregiver Support Group

DONATE

To This Fundraiser

$1,449

MONEY RAISED
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  • Amy Ahlersmeyer

    $100

  • Louise Crow Arnold

    $26.20

  • Mike Palm

    $50

  • Daniel Ahlersmeyer

    $25

  • J.Dibble

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $250

  • Vicki Leininger

    $50

  • Dave & Yvonne Fee

    $50

  • Brad Sturges

    $100

  • Mike Mushett

    $50

  • Caleb Ahlersmeyer

    $25

  • Margo Arehart

    $25

  • Schroeder Family

    $40

  • Steve & Abby Olson

    $50

  • Sarah Clary

    $26.20

  • Klare Stech

    $100

  • The Scavnicar Family

    $25

  • Mike and Clare Robertson

    $30

  • Tom & Jan Ahlersmeyer

    $50

  • Bob Becker and Luanne Bole-Becker

    $25

  • Daniel Ahlersmeyer

    $25

  • The Fergs

    $26.20

  • Karen Ambrosine

    $26.20

  • Grandpa and Grandma Ahlersmeyer

    $75

  • Dave, Laura, Parker and Jessie Stahl

    $50

  • Pat Shelton

    $100

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132% Raised of $1,100 Goal

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The Team: $1,449 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Donor Comments

Pat Shelton

Pat Shelton

DONATION: $100

Tribute to Daniel Ahlersmeyer 2 weeks ago

Dave, Laura, Parker and Jessie Stahl

Dave, Laura, Parker and Jessie Stahl

DONATION: $50

supporting Liz in running for Daniel Ahlersmeyer! 2 weeks ago

Grandpa and Grandma Ahlersmeyer

Grandpa and Grandma Ahlersmeyer

DONATION: $75

Daniel Ahlersmeyer 2 weeks ago

Karen Ambrosine

Karen Ambrosine

DONATION: $26.20

2 weeks ago

The Fergs

The Fergs

DONATION: $26.20

2 weeks ago

Daniel Ahlersmeyer

Daniel Ahlersmeyer

DONATION: $25

2 weeks ago

Bob Becker and Luanne Bole-Becker

Bob Becker and Luanne Bole-Becker

DONATION: $25

2 weeks ago

Tom & Jan Ahlersmeyer

Tom & Jan Ahlersmeyer

DONATION: $50

Thanking God for the gift of Caleb and Daniel and His promise that all things work together for good. 2 weeks ago

Mike and Clare Robertson

Mike and Clare Robertson

DONATION: $30

Looking forward to the help Daniel will get. 3 weeks ago

The Scavnicar Family

The Scavnicar Family

DONATION: $25

3 weeks ago