Wins for Kansas: Ainsley's Angels

Ainsley's Angels of America is spreading awareness about the special needs community through inclusion.

"We pair able-bodied runners who we call angel runners with angel athletes,” says Craig McDaniel, the Kansas chapter ambassador.

Angel athletes have an ADA defined disability and may need someone else to lend their legs so that they can participate in endurance events. It's a mission close to Craig McDaniel’s heart.

"My youngest son has a traumatic brain injury and he's not able to run and in a wheel chair. And I noticed that he likes to go fast in his wheelchair,” says McDaniel.

So, they started doing races around Kansas. But when he outgrew his jogging stroller, Craig was shocked at how expensive running wheelchairs were.

"This summer after about 7 years we found a used running wheelchair. And I thought this would be my opportunity to bring Ainsleys Angels to Kansas."

The network helps people find chairs, grants, and races around the country. But most of all, it's a community.

"My other children, I can go watch them play soccer or I can coach their team. But my son, that possibility doesn’t exist. But in running events, we're a part of it. Because I know if he could run...he would run. So I just lend him my legs. We're in the middle, we've got the crowd cheering on each side, just like we're any other runners out there on the course. And it's someplace he can be fully included."

To help with their mission, KAKE TV and our partners, DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers are honored to them as this week's, “Wins for Kansas.”