BENEFITING: MYTEAM TRIUMPH
EVENT DATE: Oct 27, 2013
I am an active duty Marine and originally learned about Ainsley’s Angels through my boss and friend Bridget Ajinga. I have a younger brother with Asperger’s so I know how tough it can be to find a therapeutic outlet and something children can truly relax and enjoy doing. Long story short, I thought Ainsley's Angels was an amazing concept and wanted to see what they were all about. After running one race with them, I fell in love with the people and the cause.
I am not able to run with them as much as I would like, but I try and run in spirit and love to represent and brag about how awesome they are everywhere I go. I think it is absolutely phenomenal to bring happiness to these kids and there is nothing better than to see them enjoying themselves as we race.
Recently, my boss Tristan Young convinced me to run the Marine Corps Marathon FWD with her and what better way to do that than by also representing such an incredible group. I hope that the Ainsley’s Angels family knows that the Marines at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan will be racing with them on their marathon day!
To quote the Ajinga’s “The more money we raise, the more equipment we can purchase, and the more Captains we can give wings to!”
Please support our efforts with a donation, book donation, and/or support on social media (details below).
1stLt Gen Harmon, US Marine
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 501c3 public charities (CA, MD, VA, TX, NC, LA) and the Ainsley's Angels of America Foundation. Aiming to see other families experience what the Hoyt's have experienced nearly 1100 times and what the Rossiter’s have experienced over 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."
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.
Another way to help, is to spread the word of Ainsley's message and 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
4. Visit and share our website
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!