Dear Family and Friends,
I am sharing this fundraiser to surprise Michael and Donald with a brand new running chair (that also connects to a road bike for racing too)!
Michael's birthday is in just about 2 weeks, on June 20th(as well as Father's Day right before that,June 18th) and Donald's birthday is July 19th. So for the next couple of weeks I will secretly try to raise some of the funds and then surprise them with the gift from all of us.
I want to thank Ainsley's Angels, for helping to get the ball rolling on this fundraiser and supporting my boys! This amazing organization was the reason that Michael and Donald had their first running chair, the Freedom chair, and they have supported the boys and our family! We are very grateful to be apart of the Ainsley's Angels community and family!
Check them out if you haven't done so already...http://www.ainsleysangels.org/
This chair would be custom made to better support Donald for comfortability, allow them to use it for competing in races and triathlons and to increase speed (because we know how competitive these boys are ).
Here is some information on the chair and what you would be giving them. It is called the Blade. It is a new, revolutionary running chair design. The Blade has been designed for speed, convenience, travel, and performance.
Made from high-grade aluminum
The Blade can be fully disassembled; making it easy to travel whether by car, airplane, or train
The Blade maintains the best qualities of the Signature(another style of racing chair)
Can be packed into a bike box and shipped anywhere in the world
Can be towed by a bicycle with Bike Boom attachment
Laser-tested and hand-tuned for tracking accuracy
Inter-cooler mesh Base to allow air-flow on Hot Days
Memory Foam cushion
Disc Brake – Both a drag brake and parking brake
Most of you have already followed Michael and Donald's running journey, but here is a few sentences about what they say running means to them....
"Donald and I LOVE to run, especially in races. Donald says it helps him forget about his disability for a while and just be an Athlete. For me, it helps me unwind and forget the stresses of life. Together, it helps us bond in a uniquely deep way. We run as one."
If you'd like to donate towards this gift (in lieu of birthday gifts if you were considering that), I know it will be a perfect surprise for our boys!!!
The racing chair is costly and I do not expect to raise all of funds this summer, but just hoped to have started the process of getting the boys their chair eventually. So any amount towards our goal would be appreciated and get us a little closer!
Thank you all as always for your love and support! We are always humbled by the graciousness of our friends, family and strangers!
Hope, Oliver and Ethan
Remember - SHHH- it's a surprise until Michael's Birthday! So feel free to share privately or through email, but do not post to social media yet!"