BENEFITING: MYTEAM TRIUMPH
Welcome to our page established in memory of Captain Deandre of myTEAM TRIUMPH -Ainsley's Angels of Eastern Carolina!
Deandre was born on Aug. 17, 2001 and was granted his angel wings on November 21, 2012, following a lifelong illness. Although Deandre's illness made him appear frail, he possessed strength, perseverance and an ability to overcome incredible odds and physical challenges.With his courage, he led everyone who knew him to believe that everday is a blessing and an opportunity to create lasting memories.
Despite Deandre's illness preventing him from participating in person with Ainsley's Angels of Eastern Carolina, his family has, and will continue to be some of our team's strongest supporters. Deandre's Aunt and cousins even ran in his honor as part of our team in Oct. 2012 while Deandre was being hospitalized.
"Captain" Deandre will always be an important part of our team and we will continue to honor his memory with every finish line that is crossed by a member of myTEAM Triumph: Ainsley's Angels of Eastern Carolina. Furthermore, we have decided that for every 1000.00 donated to this page, we will purchase a new chariot/jogger chair in Deandre's memory to be used by one of his teammates!! Deandre's family continues to be active members of Ainsley's Angels of Eastern Carolina and this page will remain open as a tribute to Deandre's message of hope, strength and most of all...love!
More about who we are: As an athletic ride-along program created for children, teens, adults and veterans with disAbilities who would normally not be able to experience endurance events such as triathlons or road races.
Who is Ainsley, our namesake?
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 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."