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Running with Amanda for Soaring Wings Ranch 2013

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January 17, 2013

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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 Soaring Wings Christian Home and Ranch. Soaring Wings is a Christian home for abused and neglected children. It's a ministry that saves kids' lives, both physically and spiritually. The kids are taken from terrible situations and placed in a loving, Christian environment where they can flourish. We're not wealthy, but we can run. So we run, donate what we can, and encourage everyone else to donate to Soaring Wings!

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 Soaring Wings. 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

$1,060

MONEY RAISED
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  • John and Janice Allison

    $50

  • Sarah O'Lone

    $10

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  • Andrew and Marla Watson

    $20

  • John and Janice Allison

    $350

  • Diana Trussell

    $25

  • Kohen\'s Park Foundation

    $250

  • John and Janice Allison

    $100

  • Kohen's Park

    $100

  • Ramsey Family

    $20

  • MIke Dry

    $25

  • Dylan and Delainia Whitehead

    $25

  • Scarlett Acklin

    $15

  • Martie Allison

    $20

  • Martie Allison

    $30

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42% Raised of $2,500 Goal

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The Team: $1,060 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Donor Comments

Martie Allison

Martie Allison

DONATION: $30

3 years ago

Martie Allison

Martie Allison

DONATION: $20

4 years ago

Scarlett Acklin

Scarlett Acklin

DONATION: $15

4 years ago

Dylan and Delainia Whitehead

Dylan and Delainia Whitehead

DONATION: $25

Matching my good friend Mike Dry's donation. Thank you Mike! 4 years ago

MIke Dry

MIke Dry

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

Ramsey Family

Ramsey Family

DONATION: $20

4 years ago

Kohen's Park

Kohen's Park

DONATION: $100

Please accept this donation in honor of Amanda Allison and Kohen Williams 4 years ago

John and Janice Allison

John and Janice Allison

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Kohen\'s Park Foundation

Kohen\'s Park Foundation

DONATION: $250

Kohen's Park took $1 from each race entry in their annual 4 mile Monkey Run and donated it to Soaring Wings in Running with Amanda's name. We are extremely grateful for their generosity and their help in keeping our daughter's memory alive. 4 years ago

Diana Trussell

Diana Trussell

DONATION: $25

In memory of Amanda......run strong and run free!! Good luck from a fellow RFRCer! 4 years ago