BENEFITING: MYTEAM TRIUMPH INC
Welcome to Guardian Angel Jennifer Kelly’s fundraising page for the Ainsley’s Angels chapters of myTEAM Triumph.
Jennifer's page has been merged with her husband's page, as Jim perpares to run the 2013 MARINE CORPS MARATHON!
PLEASE VISIT: http://www.crowdrise.com/jimkelly
A message from Jen:
My Husband and I have been friends with the Rossiters since meeting them over 10 years ago in Washington, DC. Although we haven't spent much time together since leaving DC, we've managed to stay in touch through email and Facebook. While we've always known Kim and Lori were great people, we especially admire and respect the Rossiter family's dedication to Ainsley. During the 2011 Marine Corps Marathon Weekend, we were all reunited in Washington DC. In fact, the photo to the left was taken just moments before I caught up with Kim and Ainsley around mile 20 of their first Marathon together. I will never forget the miles we shared as we ran towards the finish line!
This year, I have decided to run in Ainsley’s honor. I am signed up for the Reston 10 miler on March 3 and plan to also do several other runs, and a couple of triathlons, throughout the year. My hope to raise money and awareness for myTEAM TRIUMPH: Ainsley's Angels of Southwest Louisiana and Eastern Carolina.
If you would like to help me support myTEAM TRIUMPH - Ainsley’s Angels, please partner with me by making a donation on this page or by check to:
myTEAM TRIUMPH - Ainsley's Angels
In care of (Jennifer Kelly)
113 Vanessa Ave
Lake Charles, LA 70605
All donations are critical! Since we currently do not have any membership fees for our Captains (those we push) or our Angels (those who push), our mission is dependent on support from sponsors. Donations will be used for: maintaining our enclosed equipment trailer, purchasing and maintaining jogger chairs, bike trailers, and boat rafts, purchasing team uniforms, race entries for our Captains, ensuring all Captains never pay for a single event, and ensuring we can continue to provide for the best events possible for our Captains and their families! We also aim to eventually support local special needs schools, programs, and organizations, while also hoping to experience an out-of-area trip/race for our special athletes.
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 over 1000 times and what we have experienced over 35 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."