BENEFITING: MYTEAM TRIUMPH
EVENT DATE: Oct 27, 2013
Welcome to our Fundraising page in support of AINSLEY’S ANGELS!
YES, we are going to run the Marine Corps Marathon!
YES, this is our first Marathon!
YES, you can support our efforts with a donation, book donation, and/or support on social media (details below).
Enjoy the video to the left to meet our inspiration, then feel free to toogle through our photos before you read our stories below.
Stacy and Beth have been running together for last 2 years. Together, they ran two Marine Corps Historic 1/2 Marathons, the Marine Corps Sprint and a Pensacola Double Bridge 9 mile race. Jennifer also runs, but this will be her first race over a 10K! Honestly this is started out as checking "the Marathon" off our bucket list, but now it is so much more!
We are all so excited and super honored to be a part of such an amazing group! At the same time, the idea of running 26.2 miles is still intimidating. But, to tell you the truth, Ainsley gives us the strength and confidence to know, YES, WE CAN!
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!