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Special needs child who inspired ‘Ainsley’s Angels’ passes away at age 12

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Posted at 3:54 PM, Feb 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-23 15:55:42-05

Virginia Beach, Va. – Ainsley Rossiter was the amazing inspiration behind a group that has also inspired so many in Hampton Roads and beyond.

Rossiter passed away on Tuesday at the age of 12. She was born with a progressive genetic disorder that confined her to a wheelchair. Children who are born with this disorder normally pass away before the age of 10.

That never stopped her from making her mark on the world.

She competed in several races with her sister Briley and her father, Major Kim Rossiter. They pushed her as part of Team Hoyt.

Just before the age of four, Ainsley was diagnosed with Infantile Neuroaxonal Dystrophy. It is a very rare illness that caused global paralysis.

There are fewer than 20 cases in the U.S.

To learn more about Ainsley and the organization, click here.