EVENT DATE: Dec 10, 2016
Welcome to our Charity Wedding Registry!
We met over 3 years ago while training for a half Ironman with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training. Helping our community has been an important part of our relationship ever since.
We hope our marriage has a positive impact on our family, friends, and the community around us, and we can think of nothing better than sharing our gifts with these charities.
Here is a little bit about the meaning of each of these charities to us:
Elora's H.O.P.E. (at the Pittsburgh Foundation)
Elora's HOPE is a foundation devoted to helping cancer patients and people with disabilities with the challenges they face. It is named after our close friends Dan & Leslie whose daughter thrived despite her severe physical disabilities with love and support from her community, only to be lost to a battle with leukemia. Justin is a survivor of childhood lymphoma and he knows the importance community support means to patients.
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
This year, we both decided to train for the Pittsburgh Full and Half Marathons with one of Justin's past coaches, Audrey Burgoon. Audrey is a coach for Team CF who works to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. While training with the team we met some amazing patients who courageously run marathons while facing hours of grueling treatments each day. We love to support the Team CF Heroes in their battle.
We both enjoy working as volunteers at West Penn Hospital's adult blood cancer unit, and we see many adults fighting diseases like leukemia and lymphoma, while also struggling to find the emotional and living support they require. Our Clubhouse is a local charity that works to ensure all cancer patients have a place to go to find support and to help them know that they are never alone in their fight.
3 years ago, Amanda rescued a cat name Coco who was bouncing from owner to owner trying to find a home. Coco may be deaf, may be a little judgmental, but she is also a part of our family. Animal Friends is a great local animal shelter who helps so many pets like Coco find their forever homes.
Thank you for visiting!
Please note that donations to the Pittsburgh Foundation will be given to Elora's Hope. www.elorashope.org