BENEFITING: AINSLEYSANGELS OF AMERICA
EVENT DATE: Oct 25, 2015
Melissa Peplow wrote -
We are Vicky and Melissa also known as Team Two for One. We are a rather unique team in that Melissa is legally blind having achromatopsia (cone dystrophy) which causes her to be highly sensitive in bright light, totally color blind and more. Vicky, on the other hand is a four time stroke survivor which unfortunately left her a hemiplegic with just the use of her right arm and leg. This is where the Two for One comes in. Melissa uses her two good legs to help push mainly on hills and uneven terrain while Vicky uses her right arm, right leg and two big wheelchair wheels to "run" (well roll). Together we work as one team. In spite of our limitations and with God's help, we are determined to use what we do have to the max. We also strive to help encourage others to do the same.
Since beginning to run as a team about 3 years ago, we have continually tried to challenge ourselves with new goals. The first year it was to run our first half marathon. Last year we ran 2 half marathons in two days and this year we hope with your help to be able to run our first full marathon, the Marine Corps Marathon on October 25, 2015. Better yet, we are absolutely honored and thrilled to be able to represent the amazing organization Ainsley's Angels of America at our first marathon.
Ainsley's Angels helps to provide special needs and disabled youth and adults (captains) with specialized jogging chairs, freedom chairs, so that able bodied individuals (angels)can push them in endurance races such as the Marine Corps Marathon. This helps to promote inclusion of ALL individuals in events such as this.
Not only do we hope to be able to raise funds so that we can represent Ainsley's Angels at this year's MCM but our ultimate goal would be to raise enough funds to be able to donate a freedom chair to a special captain. What an amazing feeling it would be to be able to give a child such as one of our IRun4 buddies Oliver or Christopher the "freedom" to participant in endurance events such as the MCM and thus be able to "roll with the wind".
To learn even more about our crazy journey, you may find us on our Facebook page "With a Will there is a Way". Thank you all so very much for your support not only to Team Two for One but also to Ainsley's Angels of America.