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Help Our Cause


Team Miles For Smiles

I’ve created this page because I have an 9 year old daughter, Hayden Grace, with Angelman syndrome (AS). After her diagnosis, I learned about the work of FAST (Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics) and the group of parents who give of their time- their blood, sweat and tears- without being paid one dime to help push research forward towards curing AS. I wanted to get involved, do as much as a could because I too wanted to live with the hope that our children could have a bright future... thus, the formation of Team Miles for Smiles in 2011. Over the past 7 years, our over 150 teammates from around the US, Canada, Australia and the world have crossed finish lines of races ranging from a 5K to the Ironman and raised over $150,000 in the process for FAST. Because of recent advancements in the understanding of AS, treatments for this disorder are not only possible, they are probable.

Individuals with AS typically have balance issues, motor impairment and debilitating seizures. Some patients never walk. Most do not speak. Despite its often devastating effects, Angelman syndrome is a simple disorder involving only one gene. FAST scientists have already cured AS in the lab using several different approaches. FAST is committed to bringing life-changing treatments for Angelman syndrome to clinical trial within two years – but we need your help.

FAST has brought together a multi-disciplined team of more than two-dozen scientists from multiple universities and pharmaceutical companies to join forces on a focused path to a cure. Their work will change life for people with Angelman syndrome and, potentially, related disorders like autism and Alzheimer’s disease. FAST is the largest non-governmental funder of Angelman syndrome research and the only organization with a detailed plan towards a cure. 

To learn more about Team Miles for Smiles, to become involved and set a race as a fundraising goal for this amazing organization, or to be partnered with an Angel and their family as part of our Wings to Fly partnership, please visit the Miles for Smiles website at And if you are looking for a little inspiration to help you start, watch this video of our team highlights: Highlight Video.

Thank you and God bless you all.

  • Goal $20,000.00
  • Raised $1,100.00
Top Donations
  • Brooks Family Fitness 2 - $500.00
  • Al & Colette Walsh - $450.00
  • David McCurdy - $100.00
  • Beverly Kaseman - $50.00
Donor Date Amount Message
Beverly Kaseman 12/30/2017 $50.00 For Beautiful Hayden!
Brooks Family Fitness 2 12/30/2017 $500.00 For Beautiful Hayden!
Al & Colette Walsh 12/30/2017 $450.00 For Beautiful Hayden!
David McCurdy 12/30/2017 $100.00 Let's Cure Angelman Syndrome!

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