BENEFITING: MYTEAM TRIUMPH
Welcome to the Racing with Ross fundraising page, hosted by Ainsley’s Angels.
With your generosity, we aim to have a brand new Racer delievered to Ross' house! This chair will allow him to continue to compete in local road races.
MESSAGE FROM ROSS
My name is Ross Osborne. I am humbly reaching out to those I have associated with over the years to support my plight in raising the funds needed to purchase a new racing wheelchair . My story isn’t flashy or headliner worthy but I am hoping that those who are able will find it in their hearts to join my cause. I spent most of my youth being shuffled between foster care homes. I have fond memories of attending Hughson High School, a rural area of Central California, where I graduated in 1991. I have recently settled down with my wonderful wife Kimberly in Colorado and continue to enjoy the beautiful countryside and outdoors I became accustomed to while living in Hughson. A couple of years ago I had a bad fall and broke both of my legs. This injury drastically changed my life and left me not only in a wheelchair, but lost in a new world that I never imagined I would be in. Having acquired a love for running at an early age, I now found myself faced with diminished independence and an injury that kept me from doing all that I loved—all things that made me me. After much soul searching and with the encouragement of my loving wife, I began to train and race. I was loaned a racing wheelchair and began entering as many races as I could manage. Slowly something began to breathe again inside of me. A passion was ignited deep inside where darkness once dwelled. The depression and sense of self-worth that had died along with the use of my legs was now replaced with an eagerness to race and to race well. Unfortunately my racing recently came to an abrupt halt when I lost control of my chair rounding a corner in the St. Patrick’s Day 5K race in Colorado Springs last March. Asking for help is a challenge for me, but I know that without the support of my friends I will not be able to return to doing something that I love- racing. This has defined who I am since my accident. Please give what you can to help raise funds for my new chair. My gratitude is overwhelming. May God bless you each for your friendship and support.
YES YOU CAN, donate 10, 20 or 50 dollars right now to ensure Ross can continue to roll with the wind and experience the trill of crossing a road race finish line!
Click the orange button in the upper right of this page or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for a link to make a donation using PayPay and/or for a mailing address should you prefer to donate by check. We will ensure all donations appear on this page as off-line donations.
Another way to help, is to spread the word of our 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
Who is Ainsley?
Ainsley 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."
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!