Ainsley is the daughter of Kim and Lori Rossiter. Kim, or ‘Rooster’, is a Major in the United States Marine Corps, currently stationed in Norfolk, VA. Born the middle of three children in 2003, Ainsley, was diagnosed with Infantile Neuroaxonal Dystrophy (INAD) just before turning four years of age. INAD is an extremely rare, terminal illness that has slowly caused global paralysis. She has become progressively less responsive to stimulus the last few years, but is still aggressively fighting her rapidly progressing illness of which only there are less than ten active cases of early-onset INAD known in the United States. Most children with this diagnosis pass on before reaching ten years of age, as there is no cure or treatment to help slow down this very progressive and terminal disease.
When Ainsley went for her first jog during a local road race in 2007, she gave a radiant wind-induced smile that anyone would envy. In an instant, running provided the family with a therapeutic means to fight the devastation associated with learning and trying to live with the fact that sweet Ainsley has a terminal illness. Her smile on the race course, the positive energy surrounding the start line, the other rider athletes and pushers smiling from ear to ear, the togetherness of every member preparing to ‘roll with the wind’, the fearlessness of the athletes, the normalcy of the family, and the love everyone shares is a therapy like no other! This experience is now known as the first of over 60 road races that Ainsley has completed, to include ten half-marathons, as well as the 2011 and 2013 Marine Corps Marathons in Washington D.C. Ainsley’s sister, Briley, has joined her for nearly twenty of these races and the family has discovered first-hand the therapeutic effects of these races…again, not only for Ainsley, but for her entire family!
Ainsley has inspired the creation of eight 501c3 public charities (TX, Eastern and Central Carolina, LA, Southern CA, Maryland, Mississippi and Virginia), the Ainsley's Angels of America Foundation, and the writing of a children’s book by her sister (Born An Angel by Briley Rossiter).