Superior woman dedicates runs to ill boy

By KBJR News 1

June 11, 2014 Updated Jun 11, 2014 at 9:35 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A Superior woman is finding inspiration to run not just because she's running for herself, she's also running for someone who can't.

She plans to give her Garry Bjorkland Half-Marathon Medal to a boy she's never met.

They've never met before, but they are connected.

Kristy Ramey of Superior has been running for a year and a half old boy named Kinsler who lives near Dallas/Fort Worth.

The two were matched up through a website called Who I Run 4.

"It's a non-profit organization who matches buddies across the U.S. with runners across the U.S. for whatever reason, physically, mentally, the buddies cannot run for themselves" said Kristy Ramey, who is running for Kinsler.

Kinsler has Fragile X syndrome which causes him to have very low muscle mass.

He has to have a feeding tube because he can't feed himself and is constantly in therapy.

The diagnosis is hard on Kinsler's parents, but they have some hope.

"So, when I'm having a poor, pitiful me day with Kinsler in therapy and she says 'I just worked out and ran 10 miles for you Kinsler and you're keeping me motivated' that just brings us back to, you know what, she's keeping us motivated" said Kinsler's Mom, Karen Wiseman.

Kristy communicates with Kinsler's family nearly every day even though they are located so far away.

She even sends them any race winnings she earns.

"All of these medals that she's earning for him, these T-shirts, these are things that he's earned too. Through his therapies because she's running for him as he does therapies and completes things, it's kind of a special relationship those two have" said Wiseman.

This year Kristy will send Kinsler her medal from the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon.

"It's always been a great run for me and this year it's gonna be even better. I'm gonna send it to Kinsler and he's gonna wear it and hang it on his wall" said Ramey.

According to Kinsler's parents, every run is a deepening of their relationship.

"We love to hear her stories about what she's doing, her workout, her runs for our son and it's like a complete stranger coming into our life, it's like she's a part of the family now, she's now a part of our family" said Wiseman.

Kristy takes part in virtual races and runs for Kinsler and even sends pictures of the Twin Ports area to him and his family.

Bryce Henry
bhenry@kbjr.com

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