Ursuline Walk-a-thon Brings Possibilities to People with Disabilities

Running track since an early age, Mia Aube, has enjoyed the many feelings of excitement that come with competing. The Ursuline Academy cross country and spring track competitor relishes the pre-race jitters, the rush of adrenaline when the starting gun sounds, and the sense of accomplishment as she crosses the finish line. This love of running inspired her to help others share in the experience.

While volunteering this past summer, Mia saw people with special needs crossing the finish line in Fusion Inclusion’s adaptive running chairs. She was inspired to see the incredible difference the specialty chairs made for people with disabilities.

Mia loved the adaptive running chair concept so much that she decided to find out more about the organization.  “As a runner I can’t imagine my life not being able to run. And I believe everyone should know what it feels like to race. I decided, what better way to give people an opportunity to race than by donating another adaptive running chair to Fusion Inclusion.”

Mia connected with Fusion Inclusion founders, Steve Sinko and Nic DeCaire. That’s when she learned that the adaptive running chairs come at a steep cost of $5,000 each. Sinko and DeCaire told the Ursuline freshman that there are a variety of people who can benefit from the adaptive device, their nonprofit organization could always use the donation of another chair. So Mia scheduled a Walk-a-thon fundraising event on March 24.

It seemed only fitting that the event be held at Ursuline’s Serviam Track, considering the school’s motto Serviam is, “I will serve.” Mia led the way amongst a large turnout of family, friends, classmates, teammates, teachers, coaches walking or running. She pushed Preston, the inspiration for founding the nonprofit. Preston has participated in countless races over the years with his running partner, Sinko. Earlier this month they competed in the 55th Annual Caesar Rodney Half Marathon clocking a blazing fast time of 1:25:52!

Mia was thrilled to raise over $6,500, surpassing her fundraising goal. 

When the new adaptive running chair arrives in a few weeks, Mia plans to push a former Ursuline Academy student in an upcoming 5K, and she looks forward to the honor.

Through this experience Mia has gained new friends and a new perspective. “I have not only learned the true meaning of inclusion but have also met some of the best people along the way.”

For more information about Fusion Inclusion or to make a donation, please visit their website: www.fusioninclusionde.com


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About the Contributor

Brittany Keller

Brittany Keller

Brittany had spent the last decade working and volunteering in Wilmington’s nonprofit sector managing marketing, communications, public relations, and fundraising. She is an avid runner and coaches the cross county and track & Field teams at Ursuline Academy.