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Running with Amanda for Arkansas Children's Hospital

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BENEFITING: ARKANSAS CHILDRENS HOSPITAL FOUNDATION INC

EVENT DATE: Dec 01, 2012

John Allison

THE STORY:

We run endurance races to Reveal the dangers of teen substance abuse, to Reach people for Jesus, to Raise money for charity, and to Remember Amanda Marie Allison.

On January 15, 2011, our beautiful daughter, Amanda Marie Allison was murdered at a party by a drunken, stoned 19-year-old. In the blink of an eye, her life was taken when he pointed a sawed-off shotgun at her and fired. We had warned her of the dangers of drinking and driving, but it never occurred to us to warn her that something like this could happen. She never saw the danger until it was too late. Now we run, speak, and do everything we can to raise awareness of the unseen dangers of teen substance abuse.

The pain and heartache that comes with losing a child is worse than anything we could imagine. There is no getting over it. Time doesn't make it go away. It's a pain that we'll live with until our time on this earth is over. At first, we had no idea how, or if, we could make it. We weren't sure we'd survive. Looking back at those first few weeks after Amanda was killed, I realize there's only one reason we were able to keep going...the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Without His grace and mercy, we couldn't have kept going. The hope and knowledge we have that we will one day be reunited with Amanda in heaven with Him gives us the strength and will to keep going until we, too, are called home. We cannot imagine how anyone can survive a tragedy like this without that hope, without that faith, and we want to do all we can to help people get to know the loving Savior who died so that we might live.

We run so you don't have to! We'll be making regular donations through these pages also, but we also wanted our running to help others. Our beautiful daughter is no longer with us, but we hope to use our efforts to save the lives of other children. That's why we're raising money for Arkansas Children's Hospital. ACH is one of the premier pediatric medical facilities in the country and serves patients without regard for their ability to pay. We're not wealthy, but we can run. So we run, donate what we can, and encourage everyone else to donate to ACH as well!

Finally, we run to honor the memory of Amanda, our beautiful daughter taken way too early from this earth. She was murdered four days before her 18th birthday and four months before her high school graduation, two events she looked forward to as much as anything. We had no idea how many lives she impacted until after she was gone. More than 800 attended her memorial service. Her Facebook page is still visited by her friends who leave notes to let her know she's still remembered and very much missed. We'll never forget her and we don't want to let others forget her either.

That's why you'll read about us running at least one endurance race each month. Our goal is to run two marathons each year and several smaller races (5Ks, 10Ks, half-marathons) in between so that we can accomplish our mission to Reveal, Reach, Raise, and Remember.

So please help us reach our fundraising goal for Arkansas Children's Hospital. You can help in other ways too, and these others won't cost you a dime! Visit our Running with Amanda website often to help us move up in internet searches, become a fan of our Facebook page, and follow us on Twitter.

Thanks so much. God bless!

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To This Fundraiser

$2,500

MONEY RAISED
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  • Danny and Michelle

    $100

  • Don Alan and Laura Frost

    $100

  • John, Janice, & Courtney Allison

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • The Widmers

    $100

  • John, Janice, & Courtney Allison

    $50

  • Carrie Hooten

    $40

  • Steve and Randi Mackey

    $25

  • Chris & Lisa Fletcher

    $500

  • John, Janice, & Courtney Allison

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • John, Janice, & Courtney Allison

    $50

  • Carrie Hooten

    $20

  • Joel & Lori Newman

    $35

  • Tracy Roberts Davenport

    $35

  • John, Janice, & Courtney Allison

    $50

  • John, Janice, & Courtney Allison

    $50

  • Tod Kehrli

    $10

  • John, Janice, & Courtney Allison

    $50

  • John, Janice, & Courtney Allison

    $50

  • John & Janice Allison

    $50

  • Diana Trussell

    $10

  • John & Janice Allison

    $100

  • Barbara Wood

    $500

  • Anonymous

    $395

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100% Raised of $2,500 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $2,500 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Donor Comments

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $395

4 years ago

Barbara Wood

Barbara Wood

DONATION: $500

4 years ago

John & Janice Allison

John & Janice Allison

DONATION: $100

Dear, sweet Amanda, we miss you now as much as ever, and love you always. </3 5 years ago

Diana Trussell

Diana Trussell

DONATION: $10

From a fellow RFRCer, thanks for raising money and awareness for such a wonderful cause and good luck! 5 years ago

John & Janice Allison

John & Janice Allison

DONATION: $50

Love and miss you always Amanda! One day we'll be together again! 5 years ago

John, Janice, & Courtney Allison

John, Janice, & Courtney Allison

DONATION: $50

Another month gone. 18 since you've been gone. We love and miss you now as much as ever. <3 5 years ago

John, Janice, & Courtney Allison

John, Janice, & Courtney Allison

DONATION: $50

We love and miss you Amanda. This month will mark 18 months since you left this earth. Our only peace comes from knowing we're 18 months closer to meeting you in the presence of Jesus. 5 years ago

Tod Kehrli

Tod Kehrli

DONATION: $10

5 years ago

John, Janice, & Courtney Allison

John, Janice, & Courtney Allison

DONATION: $50

Amanda, we love and miss you now as much as ever. Wish you were here always. <3 5 years ago

John, Janice, & Courtney Allison

John, Janice, & Courtney Allison

DONATION: $50

We love and miss you always Amanda. You will never be forgotten. 5 years ago