Marshal and Sammy Taylor have been ASA Athletes for a few years now. They’re two of 4 kids in the Taylor household, both affected differently by mitochondrial disease. Their mother, Stacy, said that it was difficult to find activities for kids with disabilities that aren’t heavily focused on the disability. They “can’t exactly go to summer camp,” but it’s also hard to find a place where they can be treated just like everybody else...until they found Athletes Serving Athletes.
The family’s first introduction to our organization was on the NCR trail in Towson, MD. They rolled up to the meeting spot, and the Captain/WingMan system was explained, but not over-explained. Marshall and Sammy were secured in their joggers, and set off with their new training partners without the usual series of hyper-detailed questions and instructions. It was a breath of fresh air.
ASA launched virtual challenges all summer, and Athletes like Sammy and Marshall kept up and stayed connected. When ASA launched Tour de Endure, Sammy and Marshall signed up and continue to participate in 3 activities per week based on the Mental, Physical, Social and Dietary Health Pillars. (ASA even featured them on its social media pages for doing a Dietary Pillar Pizza Night with the family!)
When the school year began, the Taylors made an effort to make a meal from scratch one night per week that doubled as both family bonding, and a way to fulfill their Tour de Endure activities. Marshall reads the recipes and helps measure everything out, and Sammy loves to experience the smells and textures of the different ingredients.
The Taylors are a beloved part of our ASA Community, and we’re so incredibly proud of them for continuing to stay connected and healthy with us during these times.
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