BENEFITING: MYTEAM TRIUMPH
EVENT DATE: Oct 27, 2013
YES, we are going to run the Marine Corps Marathon!
YES, Hailey will earn the title “MARATHONER” owned by less than 1% of the world!
YES, you can support our efforts with a donation, book donation, and/or support on social media (details below).
From Captain Hailey
My name is Hailey Candelaria. I attend Harmony Middle School and I am in 8th grade. When I am not busy I enjoy swimming and horseback riding and hanging out with my family. Because of my cerebel palsy I am limited in what I am able to do physically. Unlike a lot of people, I am not able to run but it has been one of my biggest dreams. For me to be able to participate in the Marine Corp Marathon is a real honor. Although I am doing this because it is close to my dream coming true, my main reason is because I want to inspire others to follow their dreams. You never know what you can do until you try!
From Angel Cassi:
Eric and I have been running together since the day we started dating. We would meet up after work, slip on our running shoes, and hit the local trails and treadmills to pound out miles while sharing our thoughts with each other. In 2005 we completed our first full marathon and at the finish line vowed never to do something that crazy again. 7 years, 4 kids, and loads of 5k's, 10k's and Half Marathons later, we've decided to take on the task of the mighty 26.2 once again! This time, however, we're not doing it for personal gain or a PR, but for a much greater cause. We are loaning our legs to run for others!
When we were invited to join "Ainsley's Angels" for the Marine Corps Marathon, chills over took my body. I knew instantly that this was something we were meant to do. Eric and I are always planning future mission trips and dreaming of ways we can help the community at large, but with 4 young children, it is difficult to find active ways to give. By running with Ainsley's Angels, we will be able to reach out and help a child by giving them experience of crossing the finish line of an endurance event that they would otherwise never have the opportunity to complete. I think back to the first time I crossed the finish line of my own marathon and I get goosebumps at the thought of giving that same rush of joy to someone else.
The money raised for Ainsley's Angels will help purchase the equipment and support needed to provide these beautiful children the chance to be a part of these incredible events. Whether it be one dollar or twenty, please consider helping us reach our goal in any way you can! Every bit counts; Thank you!
$2620.00 is our goal (get it? 26.20 miles?). This will cover race entry for both Hailey and he Angels, it will ensure a 250.00 grant to cover any weekend expenses Hailey might have, and it will help Ainsley's Angels to continue its mission. NOW, most exciting, every dollar over this goal will be set aside to aid in establishing a running chapter in Northern Virginia! How awesome is that?! Creating a chapter in Northern Virginia will enable more children and adults to experience the trill of crossing the finish line!
Another way to help, is to spread the word of Ainsley's Angels' 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
4. Visit and share our website
So, who is Ainsley?
Well, she 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 her 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 she 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 everyone shares is a therapy like no other. In an effort to spread this amazing experience to as many people as possible, Ainsley inspired the creation of four 501c3 public charities (TX, NC, LA, MD) and the Ainsley's Angels of America Foundation. Aiming to see other families experience what the Hoyt's have experienced nearly 1100 times and what the Rossiter’s have experienced over 40 times (so far), they established these organizations to ensure others can "roll with the wind" and live up to the philosophy of, "Yes You Can."
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!