I have only recently started to discover the joy of running… though my running is more along the 3 mile journey than the 26.2 mile journey! I am always amazed by people who have the strength and grit to run marathons.
When I heard about Team Maddie and the possibility that Maddie would be able to participate in the 43rd Marine Corps Marathon in October 2018 as part of the Ainsley’s Angels charity team, I had to get involved.
Maddie is ten years old and suffers from spastic quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy, has a seizure disorder, is non-verbal and is unable to sit, stand or walk on her own. But, her smile will light up your heart and her giggles will keep you smiling all day. From the moment I met the Harrison family, I have been moved and amazed by their determination to give Maddie all of the great experiences that life has to offer. They have never let her condition stop them from including her in all of their adventures, including things like horse riding, sledding, biking, swimming, hiking, baseball, and triathlons with her 12 year old brother.
A great team of people has come together to team run the marathon and they are training hard to ensure that Maddie has the marathon of a lifetime and does not have to sit too long in her race chair to come flying through the finish line.
With your support, we can raise money for Ainsley’ Angels and earn the 3 running bibs Team Maddie will need for the race.
Fifty per cent of all funds raised go directly to our local Ainsley's Angels ambassador so we can continue to spread the message of inclusion throughout North Carolina! In case you've never heard of them, Ainsley's Angels of America aims to build awareness about America's special needs community through inclusion in all aspects of life. Serving as advocates to providing education and participating as active members in local communities, we believe everyone deserves to be included. You can read more about them here: http://www.ainsleysangels.org/
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