"Chariots" help locals stay active, group hosts fundraiser to provide more

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - UPDATE: The inaugural Rollin' On Rocky Top 5K raised enough support to provide at least two new chariots, or special racing chairs, for the group Ainsley's Angels.

Sandy Bush worries about her son, Cameron, having a seizure and falling down. Yet this mother of two and her husband, Brian, want to be sure their entire family can stay active together. So, the avid running couple and their older son, Andrew, use a special chair to include Cameron in family runs.

They call their family group Team CAMrun. They credit the group Ainsley's Angels for making it possible to use a heavy duty running chair for Cam as he grows.

"There's too many times people are stuck on the sidelines or they're told they can't do something. And they really can," said Ainsley's Angels Ambassador Angi Lanciano. She volunteers with the group that provides chairs for children and even adults who want the chance to get rolling in road races.

The group is holding its first local fundraising race September 23 called Rollin' on Rocky Top. Proceeds will help provide even more heavy duty chairs they call chariots for people with special needs.

The 5K begins at 4:00 pm on September 23 at Tyson Park. WVLT's Anne Brock will emcee the event. It is a timed race for people of all ability levels. Place awards will go to the fastest runners, as well as to outstanding teams that include Angel Riders and Angel Runners.

"To see them all cross the finish line is such a great feeling, that
they've gotten to accomplish something that without this organization, they probably would never get to do," said Bush.

You can sign up here for the first Rollin' On Rocky Top 5K with Ainsley's Angels of East Tennessee.