BENEFITING: MYTEAM TRIUMPH
EVENT DATE: Oct 27, 2013
Welcome to Jackie Faye’s Fundraising page in support of AINSLEY’S ANGELS of AMERICA!
YES, Jackie is going to join Ainsley and 29 other athlete riders to complete the 2013 Marine Corps Marathon!
YES, a marathon is 26.2 miles and Jackie will be helping to push Ainsley!
YES, you can support our efforts with a donation, book donation, and/or support on social media (details below).
From Jackie Faye
I'm a journalist -- asking questions is in my blood. That probably explains why my favorite question is one simple word -- "why?" I learned at a young age that question does not always have an answer.
My family moved to South Carolina when my dad retired from the Air Force after 20 years of service. Moving every two to three years and base housing would be a thing of the past. My parents were finally able to buy their dream home -- I remember my mother was so happy we had our own washer and dryer. We finally would be able to spent holidays with our grandparents and cousins - holidays my parents had missed out on for countless years. My mother was only able to enjoy what she work 20 years for, for one year. When I was nine, she died of cancer, leaving three little girls with a father who had never been the "true parent." Why in the world would this happen?
When I met Ainsley, she was nine and did this news story on her. Without saying a word, she was teaching the very lesson I learned at her age to everyone she encountered. But why in the world would a beautiful little girl be born with a disease that would take away her ability to walk and talk?
My mother lived for my sisters and I, and my mother lives on through my sisters and I. My oldest sister is an international lawyer, my middle sister is a doctor, and I'm the free spirit of the family - I tell stories for a living.
When Ainsley leaves this world she will live on through all the people she touched.
The unanswered "whys", are exactly the reason we should embrace each day, grab it by the horns, and really live life. Happiness is not a right, but the pursuit of it is.
I feel privileged to know Ainsley, and I feel privileged to help her foundation, Ainsley's Angels of America. I only hope my contribution will help bring a smile to another child's face as they roll with the wind.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
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 seven 501c3 public charities (TX, NC, LA, CA, VA, MD), the Ainsley's Angels of America Foundation, and a children’s book by Ainsley’s 11 year old sister, Briley. Aiming to see other families experience what the Hoyt's have experienced nearly 1100 times and what the Rossiter’s have experienced nearly 50 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."
All funds raised will help Ainsley's Angels continue its mission: "In addition to ensuring everyone can experience endurance events, Ainsley's Angels of America aims to build awareness about America's special needs community through inclusion in all aspects of life, by promoting awareness, providing education, and participating as active members in local communities."
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
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