Today, Angela turns 27 years-old. She continues to inspire hope as the days go by. When she was born, Angela's doctors told her parents that she would never walk or talk. Little did they know that she would grow up playing baseball, join the cheerleading squad in her high school and run/walk a marathon. Angie's stories resonate through the hearts of those who are close to her and smile continues to light up every room she walks into.
Here's to one more lit candle on Angela's birthday cake!!
Happy Mother's Day to all of the moms out there. Angie and her army would like to send special mother's day wishes to all of the moms with special needs children. The trips to the doctor's office, therapy appointments, and rides to school do not end when their children graduate high school. These selfless mothers go to sleep late, wake early, eat last and put their children first every day of their children's lives.
Happy Mother's Day to all of the special needs moms throughout the world...whose work is never quite done.
Angela conquered the LA Marathon on Sunday and hasn't stopped running around since then. On Monday morning she woke up early and made a sandwich for her lunch, woke her Mom up and said "Let's go to ARC so I can show off my medal!" Instead of going to ARC, her day program, Angie went to her old high school, Diane Leichman Special Education High School to tell her former teachers and classmates about what she had accomplished. She then went to her Music Therapy class at Cal State Northridge University on Monday evening where she celebrated with more of her friends. Angie finally made it to ARC on Tuesday where she and Antoinette Mendoza congratulated each other on being the first women with Down Syndrome to complete a marathon. Tuesday evening Angela's family celebrated her accomplishment with her grandparents, Ray & Josie Rivera, who brought Angie a special cake and flowers. Tomorrow, Friday, Angie will go bowling with ARC then she will be dancing the night away at the Leichman Special Ed High School Dance. She already has her shoes and dress picked out for her big night out!
Angela Armenta is one of the first women with Down syndrome to complete a marathon. In August of 2011 Angela began training to run a marathon. She started out running a couple of laps at a local park and before long she started running 5 miles twice a week.
In January of 2012 Angela completed her first half-marathon. Angela and her family continued training and stayed focused on the goal of completing a marathon. Angie ran between 12 and 16 miles every Saturday and Sunday in the final months leading up to her first marathon.
On March 18, 2012, she completed the 26.2 miles of the Los Angeles Marathon. Angie displayed the courage, bravery, determination, and heart of a true champion. Angie's younger sister, Rebecca, and older brother, Joseph, run/walked the marathon alongside her. Meanwhile, Angela's parents, Michael and Marie, and her oldest brother Edward drove, walked, and ran along the race route with water, food, and other supplies for Angie, Becky and Joseph. Along the way Angie & her siblings were joined by their Aunt's Ruth, Rita, and Gloria for a combined 12 miles of the marathon. Angela’s Cousin, Ricky, joined in on the excitement at mile 17 and stayed with her until the end. An incredible group of family friends, now known as "Angie's Army" joined Angie for the last 10.2 miles of the race. Together, this joyful Army helped keep Angie motivated and focused on accomplishing her goal.
Instead of being filled with pain and doubt, the final miles of Angela's first marathon were full of happiness, laughter, singing, dancing, and thoughts of warm cheeseburgers. With an Army behind her, Angela did it - she completed a marathon despite having Down syndrome!