Ainsley's Angels is proud to announce that LSU graduate, Captain Amanda, has been invited back to Baton Rouge to be the first-ever assisted athlete to compete in The 2014 Louisiana Marathon series. Competing as part of a proof-of-concept agreement between Ainsley's Angels and The Louisiana Marathon, she will become the first to Captain a Team Hoyt Custom Chair in this ground-breaking run that will open the doors of inclusion for many more Captains and athletes to travel to Baton Rouge in 2015 series! To see more about why we do what we do, enjoy this video.
Captain Amanda joined myTEAM Triumph: Ainsley's Angels of Southwest Loiusiana for her first race, the Lake Charles Rotary Club 5k, in Nov. 2012. The following month, she completed her first half marathon and earned the title, 'Half Marathoner'. Captain Amanda and her team of Angels kicked off 2013 with yet another half marathon and went on to run in over a dozen races. We are super excited to watch her return to her Alma Mater, LSU, to complete the Louisiana Half Marathon with smiles at every mile!!
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 and partners. Among the things donations will be used for include: maintaining our enclosed equipment trailer; purchasing and maintaining jogger chairs; bike trailers, and boat rafts; 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 support local special needs schools, programs, and organizations, while also planning annual an out-of-area trip/race like this one for our special rider athletes.
You might be wondering, who is Ainsley?
Well, our organization's namesake 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 1100 times and what Ainsley has experienced 60 times (so far). As such, we partnered with myTEAM TRIUMPH to create 8 Ainsley's Angels chapters across the United States to ensure others can "roll with the wind" and live up to the philosophy of, "Yes You Can."
Your assistance in helping to spread the message of "INCLUSION" is appreciated!
Enjoy this USA Today Video Story about our efforts.
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