BENEFITING: MYTEAM TRIUMPH
EVENT DATE: Oct 27, 2013
First and foremost thank you for taking the time to read this and possibly get involved in what I believe to be a great cause.
It has been my great pleasure to have known Miss Ainsley and the Rossiter family for over 5 years now and to say it has been an overwhelming experience at times would be an understatement. What Ainsely has to go through on a daily basis just to get through the day is something we cannot comprehend.
So how does a family with a special little girl, with special needs and wants get involved in their daughter’s life…? They include her in everything they do and find her something that she can do and love. Running. I have personally watched and seen the smile on Ainsley’s face as she glides along in her jogger chair and gets to go outside and feel the outdoors and the wind on her face. There is nothing better than seeing Ainsely’s older sister or younger brother running along side her, pushing her, getting led by Ainsley. As great as this all sounds, not everyone has the same opportunities as Ainsely.
With your donation, you have the ability to change that!
Let me introduce you to Hailey. Hailey is just like any other middle school girl. Bright, charming, intelligent, beautiul with an amazing future ahead of her. But she has a small difference that sets her apart from other girls, something that makes her special. She has cerebel palsy which limits her ability to walk, but not to worry it doesn't slow down her ability to dream and overcome obstacles that most people wouldn't dream of accomplishing. And the best part about this inspirational story, is for one small part of her amazing life she is already leading, she is going to let me be apart of it and lead me to the finish line in the Marine Corps Marathon.
Want to learn more about this wonderful girl, read for yourself from her own words.
From Captain Hailey
My name is Hailey Candelaria. I attend Harmony Middle School and I am in 8th grade. When I am not busy I enjoy swimming and horseback riding and hanging out with my family. Because of my cerebel palsy I am limited in what I am able to do physically. Unlike a lot of people, I am not able to run but it has been one of my biggest dreams. For me to be able to participate in the Marine Corp Marathon is a real honor. Although I am doing this because it is close to my dream coming true, my main reason is because I want to inspire others to follow their dreams. You never know what you can do until you try!
To get to know more about Ainsely and her foundation please continue reading on, but I just want to again personally thank you for the opportunity to share her story and get you involved in making a difference.
Here is Miss Ainsely story described by her father...
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 three 501c3 public charities (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 40 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.
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