Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,--Hebrews 12:1

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Only one more fundraising hurdle to clear!

Yesterday, with less than four weeks to go before I run the Marine Corps Marathon, our charity fundraising efforts reached a major milestone! Thanks to our generous donors, we exceeded our $1000 goal for Arkansas Children's Hospital!

Raising money for charity--for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Arkansas Children's Hospital, and Soaring Wings Christian Home & Ranch--is a primary component of our mission here at Running with Amanda. We focus on raising money for these particular charities for several reasons.

The first is to save children's lives. Amanda was murdered, gunned down in the prime of her life. It is extremely important to us to prevent as many child deaths as we possibly can to honor her memory, and to prevent other families from suffering the pain and heartache we endure even now. The two hospitals we support focus on physically saving children's lives, while Soaring Wings is more focused on spiritually saving their lives.

The second reason we chose these three charities has to do with geography. We wanted a ministry with a broad reach, a reach beyond our town or even our state. St. Jude is recognized nationally for its devotion to fighting childhood cancer and other diseases. In Arkansas, no other hospital can match the reputation of ACH for its quality of care for children in the state, regardless of their families' ability to pay. Finally, Soaring Wings is a local home for troubled youth that provides a stable, loving, Christian home to children whose lives lacked any of these qualities before. We believe our support for these particular charities provides appeal to all who find our web sites, read our articles, or meet us at a race, without regard to their location on a map.

We began this ministry a couple of months after Amanda was killed with a goal to raise $1000 for each of the three charities we support. Earlier this year, we blew through that goal for St. Jude. To date, we've raised almost $2500 for that great institution. Yesterday we crossed the $1000 goal for ACH, so now we're left with one more hurdle to clear--$1000 for Soaring Wings.

We've got a great start, more than $400 raised so far. All we need is a little less than $600 to meet our final fundraising objective for this season! Please help us get there before 30 October, the day we run the Marine Corps Marathon.

Your help with this part of our mission gives us a huge boost with the other three parts too! The more money we raise, the more attention we'll get, the more people will listen to what we have to say about the dangers of teen substance abuse. The more people who are drawn to our pages because we raise substantial sums for these charities, the more who will hear our message of hope and endurance through the greatest of trials here on earth. And finally, the more attention we get by raising money, the more people will hear of Amanda and see the great things that are happening as a result of her life and death.

So please help with whatever gift you can, large or small. Any gift of $5, $10, $20, $50, or $100 will carry us closer to reaching our goal and help us accomplish our mission.

And remember! We don't get one penny of your money! takes their small processing fee and the rest goes directly to Soaring Wings! You can feel great knowing more of your donation goes to the charity you're supporting than it does almost anywhere else you choose to give.

Thank you so much to all who have given and helped us get this far! And thank you to all who will give in the coming weeks to help carry us across the finish line!

If you don't know Jesus as your personal savior, if you're missing the faith, hope, and love written about here, if you want the peace that we as Christians have in our lives, please visit our Got Jesus? page for step-by-step instructions on how to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.

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