BENEFITING: MYTEAM TRIUMPH
EVENT DATE: Oct 27, 2013
I used to motivate myself on long and painful races like marathons by reminding myself that I CAN run, when too many others may think they cannot.
Until I got to Virginia Beach, I didn't know about charities that enable those who can't run to do just that.
I had plans to join team Hoyt when I discovered I was pregnant. I put the plan on hold to focus on my health and my baby's through a somewhat difficult pregnancy and birth.
Now as my beautiful little girl nears six months of age (and has been on a run or two herself), I have been blessed with an opportunity to help this cause like I'd hoped before: the Marine Corps Marathon with Ainsley's Angels!
Ainsley is a beautiful little girl that was born with Infantile Neuroaxonal Dystrophy (INAD), an illness which leaves her unable to walk or talk. But somehow she manages to smile and inspire me and everyone else who she touches.
Our goal is to raise $2620, representative of the length of the race. Whatever you can pledge to help us meet our goal, know that I will run my heart out for the cause. We will both train together to ensure we are both are ready to run. On race day, one of us will either be in a support role or possibly even on the other side of the world. Either way, we are ready for this challenge and grateful for your support! God Bless.
What is Ainsley's Angels?
We are an athletic ride-along program created for children, teens, adults and veterans who would normally not be able to experience endurance events such as triathlons or road races. Visit our website for more information!
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 your support. Among the things donations will be used for include: purchasing an enclosed equipment trailer; maintaining/purchasing jogger chairs, bike trailers, and boat rafts; purchasing team uniforms; ensuring all Captains never pay for a single event, and continuing 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 offering an annual out-of-area trip/race 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 nearly 1100 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."