BENEFITING: MYTEAM TRIUMPH
Welcome to the fundraising page dedicated to Send Matt Running, hosted by Ainsley’s Angels.
With your generosity and assistance, we aim to ensure Matthew receives a brand new Freedom Push Chair! Trust me, as the father of a very special girl named Ainsley, the positive energy surrounding the start line, 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. I just know this is going to be a life changing event for Matthew and his family.
A special message from Matthew’s Mom:
My son Matthew [24 years old] was diagnosed with a severe traumatic brain injury that left him physically disabled & in a wheelchair after a motorcycle accident almost 3 years ago. Prior to the accident Matthew had been enjoying a fairly typical college student lifestyle, but in a matter of an instant his life drastically changed.
He has spent more time in facilities [rehabs, skilled nursing facilities, even nursing homes] than at home since the accident in the hopes [quite honestly, my hopes] that professional help would increase his chances of some measure of independence & recovery so that he may have the quality of life he so richly deserves. A mother's love & hope springs eternal & I will never give up finding ways to foster his recovery.
During this time I started to run, for a few different reasons, as a stress-reliever sure ranks at the top of that list! In that first year I progressed from running a 5k to my first half-marathon race. I had a very close running buddy who would suggest bringing Matthew along to a race and that he'd even push. My only concern was that his current wheelchair is just not made for running & safety is a top concern. We sure don't want Matthew taking a spill.
I did an online search but couldn't find a wheelchair that would fit our needs. Thankfully through social media I became familiar with Team Hoyt [the father son team who has done so many races & even Ironman Triathlons] I reached out to them & THEY WROTE BACK! I was so excited. In turn they put me in contact with Ainsley's Angels which is the wonderful group helping with our fundraising efforts right here.
So far Matthew has participated in one local charity race, aptly named "Run For Me 5k", where his sister, Sydney Love & Polly [a close family friend] took turns pushing him along the 1mile route. We even had a "Team Matthew" assembled.
Now that Matthew is back home we want to get him out & active and since I have continued to enjoy my running and racing it really seems to be the next logical step to bring Matthew along for the ride. If he could feel the beauty & the freedom that comes from being outdoors with the wind on your face & the ground rolling out behind you for a fraction of what I feel ... then we gotta give him this freedom push chair!
Back in high school Matthew had an opportunity to study Japanese for 5 months in Japan. Our friends and family helped "Send Matt to Japan"~ the name of our fundraiser. Today I'm asking you to find it in your heart & pocketbook to "Send Matthew Running".
Matt's Mom aka Michelle aka MishJR
YES YOU CAN, donate 10, 20 or 50 dollars right now to ensure Matthew can soon roll with the wind and experience the thrill of crossing a road race finish line!
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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 over 1100 times and what we have experienced nearly 60 times (so far). As such, we aim to ensure others can "roll with the wind" and live up to the philosophy of, "Yes You Can."
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
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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!