Miles A. FitzGerald is our Super Hero Child . Born January 5th, 1986, he was born normal but contracted encephalitis in his first year of life. We were told by the medical community that Miles would never make it to his first birthday and the best thing we could do is find an institution that accepted infants and put him there. Well, needless to say, we didn’t do that, and in January 2018 Miles will be 32 years old and lives with us. Myself, Laura, and our other two children, Mary Collins Krantz and Conner FitzGerald, will all tell you the same thing; “Without Miles in our lives, none of us would be who we are today”. Miles went through the ranks in special education in public schools where he was a favorite of all students. At Captain Shreve he wasn’t known as “Miles” but rather as “Smiles” because he was always smiling……I quickly became known as “Miles Dad” which was pretty cool!
Miles, through his website www.justformiles.com, has raised money for many projects including Shreveport Youth Boxing Club and the new 50-Meter pool at the BHP Billiton YMCA. Our original goal was to raise $1M, and so for we’ve hit close to $400,000. Through several upcoming fundraisers, we are ready to help fulfill our original goal. This new YMCA is a destination facility as good or better as anything in the country! If you haven’t seen it come on out and be sure to visit the aquatics center and check out the Miles FitzGerald pool record board!
The pool was a perfect choice to honor Miles, as he and children like Miles benefit so much from swim therapy. The YMCA is a place that is accessible and welcoming to people from all corners of our community. Two indoor pools that are temperature controlled offer year-round aquatic exercise and recreation opportunities. Both are equipped with motorized lifts that can assist individuals in and out of the water if needed.
Although Miles doesn’t verbalize, if you see him at one of the upcoming event, stop and say hey to him. You are liable to get one of his big ole’ loving grins and I promise you’ll never forget it!
We would love for you to join us in honoring Miles by supporting the Miles FitzGerald 50-Meter Pool. Thank you to the many who have supported this effort thus far.
Tim FitzGerald “Miles Dad”
Become a “Just For Miles 3-Day Tri” race sponsor. For more information on sponsoring this event, please contact Michelle Roberts, Marketing & Communications Director, YMCA of Northwest Louisiana 318-674-9635 or MichelleR@ymcanwla.org.
Make a tax deductible donation to the YMCA of Northwest Louisiana and mark the donation “Just For Miles”. Bring to the Y or mail to YMCA of Northwest Louisiana | Just For Miles Campaign | P.O. Box 566 | Shreveport, LA 71162