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Ainsley's Angels prepare for 5k

Last Modified: Friday, July 18, 2014 11:34 AM

By Justin Phillips / American Press

The last few days have been busy for Ainsley’s Angels of Southwest Louisiana. As Saturday’s inaugural Roll with the Wind at Sunset 5K approaches, the organization looks to begin a new chapter in the local area.

The event will begin an hour before sunset — about 7:15 p.m. — at the Lake Charles Civic Center

Kristine Rossiter-Seaward, co-founder and vice president of Ainsley’s Angels, has had her hands in just about every facet of the event over the last few months.

“There are 13 chapters nationwide, and we’re hosting our inaugural Roll with the Wind at Sunset 5K event,” Seaward said. “The captains in the race are disabled individuals. They’re placed in special jogger chairs, and able-bodied athletes push them.”

Seaward said the race is a fun way for residents to get involved in a good cause and can be a welcome physical and mental outlet for families.

“For families with individuals with disabilities, this is a second family for them. It also gives those family members with a disability the chance to do something as an individual. This is all about them,” Seaward said. “It shines a light on people’s problems, and it opens a whole new world for them.”

Even with a few final details still to be handled, Seaward’s best day in the whole process may have been Thursday when Ainsley Rossiter, Seaward’s niece and goddaughter, arrived in Lake Charles for the event. Ainsley suffers from a rare progressive and terminal disease called infantile neuroaxonal dystrophy. She’s one of 10 people in the United States to be diagnosed with INAD.

“With this being our inaugural race, we want people to come out and give us a shot,” Seaward said. “You have running groups all over the world. We’re not just a running organization. It’s so much more than that. We’re a family.”

Race-day registration will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday. Wristbands will be available for purchase for non-runners; the $10 wristbands will contain 10 tabs and will allow for one visit to each vendor booth serving food and drinks at the Finish Festival after the race.

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