Local resident participates in Old Glory Relay today in Ruston

By Kylie Neel

The 2022 Ainsley’s Angels’ foundation is partnering with the Old Glory Relay while running through 15 states this summer. Throughout this 44-day event, thousands of supporters and runners will unite to walk, run, push and cycle a single American flag from Washington, D.C., to Birmingham, Alabama.

The Old Glory Relay will come through Ruston today on their way to the Paralympics. This event will be like running the torch for the Olympics, but veterans are running the American Flag. 

Ruston residents Thomas and Christie Edwards’s daughter, Amelia Edwards, has had the honor of being asked to be a part of the run/push at the upcoming race. Amelia Edwards is diagnosed with special needs and cerebral palsy, and she will be pushed in a chair through Ruston for this event.

Christie Edwards said, “Amelia has been a part of this for four to five years now, and we normally participate in the afternoon pushes.” 

The Edwards parents said they are ecstatic about this experience for Amelia, and it gives children opportunities to be included in something spectacular. 

Ainsley’s Angels is a foundation that includes community involvement, but it shows how Ainsley’s Angels has changed the lives of thousands of people across nations.

Through this display of patriotism, Ainsley’s Angels hopes to educate, empower and advocate to advance people with awareness about its sole purpose as a foundation. 

“This event is going to light up her world, and she’s definitely excited for it,” Christie said. 

Twelve-year-old Amelia will be pushed through a chair in Ruston, and she is ecstatic for the race to begin. 

“If there’s one interesting fact about Amelia, it is that she does not lack any personality,” Christie said.

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