Christopher is a non-verbal Autistic young man with mild cerebral palsy. He was thought to be "mentally retarded" until he was approximately 9 or 10 years old, when a therapist noticed that he was able to read. Given a communication device, family learned that he is an exceptionally intelligent young man who simply has hearing and speech problems, and some significant coordination and sensory processing problems. He keyboards (very slowly) to communicate. Christopher loves to go somewhere and be where the people are, despite his auditory processing problems. Robert accepted the challenge of parenting Christopher in 2015 when he married TobiAnn, Christopher’s mother. Christopher can walk, but can’t run more than a few feet due to coordination issues.
Robert first started running and pushing Christopher in his wheelchair after a major abdominal surgery that Christopher had in 2018. Christopher was having a hard time healing, and was so sad that he couldn’t walk at the park, or even walk long enough to get out to the library or into the community. Christopher LOVED his first run with Robert! This was the fastest that Christopher had ever moved (other than in a car). He keyboarded that he loved his ride. He liked going fast. He loved spending time with Dad, like he was hanging out with the guys. He also mentioned that Dad got all sweaty and he didn’t. And he laughed. Running with Christopher also became a big motivator to Robert to improve his fitness level.
After his first ride in the park, Robert and Christopher have enjoyed running together in some races, including the 2018 Arlington 9/11 race, and the 2019 Stafford Hospital Run. It was during the 9/11 race when Robert was pushing Christopher in his wheelchair that someone told us about Ainsley’s Angels and we got in touch. This spring, the local Fredericksburg chapter gifted Christopher a freedom chair, when they were upgrading their fleet. It’s a good upgrade over pushing a normal wheelchair, but it’s really too small for him. It was after this spring’s Marine Corps Half Marathon when Robert heard about the Axiom chair while hanging out with the Ainley’s Angels crew.
These chariots are custom-fitted for the rider's comfort and can be rather expensive. We are asking for your help in meeting our fundraising goal to get one for Christopher. If you feel led to give, please know that your gifts will be a huge blessing for our family and very much cherished. Robert and TobiAnn both had enjoyed riding bikes, but didn’t have the option to do that because they could not figure out how to take Christopher along. They recently discovered that some of the newer racing chairs could be converted to bike trailers and would allow Christopher an opportunity to ride with mom and dad.
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