A Community Services Specialist for the City, Amanda participated in the 26.2-mile LA Marathon to benefit Child S.H.A.R.E. Since 1985, the organization has found safe and loving homes for more than 2,536 abused and abandoned children in Southern California.
“My team and I raised $2,540, so we were able to find a child a home,” she said. “For the entire event, Child S.H.A.R.E raised $50,000-$60,000.”
Two out of three foster children placed in a Child S.H.A.R.E. home stay with the same family until they are reunited with relatives or adopted. Since 2002, one in three foster children in Child S.H.A.R.E. homes are adopted, which is almost triple the national adoption rate. The charity is near and dear to Amanda.
“I have a huge heart for this organization as I was one of the unlucky few to fall through the cracks and remain in an unhealthy environment while I was growing up,” she said while training for the big event. “I’ve personally spent hours with some of the kids in this program and they are truly incredible!
Amanda spent weeks training for the big day and – including the marathon – logged over 180 miles.
“I definitely ended up with a few blisters (despite the blister-free socks) but they were all worth it to cross that finish line,” she said.