GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV)-Thousands of women are stepping out to run the Gazelle Girl Run Half Marathon and 5K, and everyone has their own reasons for lacing up this weekend. But what about those who can’t run for physical or developmental reasons? A local elementary teacher, Ashley DeCair, is running for a young boy who she’s never met. DeCair found the organization I Run 4 Michael (IR4M). Runners and buddies are matched to experience the power of encouraging and being supported by people who were at one time perfect strangers. The organization helps runners to dedicate miles and create awareness for buddies with special needs. Some buddies have physical disability, developmental delays to autism spectrum disorders. Cayden, who lives in Texas, suffers from a neurological disorder which has left him wheelchair-bound. Because Cayden can not run himself, DeCair runs her miles for him. Each race, DeCair collects medals and sends them to Cayden for his personal collection. The Gazelle Girl Run medal will be Cayden’s first from the race.>>>>Click video above to watch her story
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