2012 Gift of Life Walk & Run

I need your support!

Have you ever been touched by organ donation?  If my family or I have ever inspired you, helped you, or just made your life a little better, then you have.  Perhaps you don’t know me that well, but you know someone else who has been blessed by organ donation.  Please support me in my 3rd annual Team Race for Amanda walk/run benefitting Lifebanc, Northeast Ohio’s organ donation/procurement agency.  I am so passionate about this non-profit organization that I volunteer my time and effort to join them in educating about, fundraising for, and advocating organ donation.

This year, the walk is on Saturday, August 11.  This is such a fun event, and it couldn’t be for a better cause.  This is one of my favorite days of the year for so many reasons.  Please join us and see why.  I promise you’ll feel inspired, uplifted, and fulfilled.

Last year due to my splenectomy, I wasn’t able to crusade for this as I did for our team’s first year.  I also believe people weren’t as supportive because unlike the previous year, I wasn’t waiting on a liver to save my life.  But each day, I am most definitely not less grateful for this gift of life.  My gratitude only grows deeper and deeper with all of the experiences my life has been full of since September 1, 2010. I am so grateful to be alive, and my heart aches for the 18 people who die daily waiting for an organ.

All of my team members (and only MY team members!) will be entered to win 2 Cleveland Indians tickets if registered by July 1. (The game is July 8.) I love you each and every one of you and appreciate your support in this.  Your sacrifice to support organ donation – the reason I am alive today is in the deepest place of my heart, more than words could ever convey.

Also new this year will be Team Race for Amanda t-shirts!  Yes, that’s right. Be excited!! They will be made if I have to fund them myself.  (Hopefully it doesn’t come to that…!)  All team members will receive one to wear the day of the event in addition to an event tshirt from Lifebanc.

Below is a video about Lifebanc, followed by a video of our race last year.  To read about my story and to sign up for my team or make a donation, please visit my team page.  The last video below is one that was made two years ago, while I was waiting for my organ and rallying a team for this event.  It’s amazing to think of how far I’ve come.  Again, there just aren’t enough words.

In the coming weeks, I will be posting a new video (if I conquer the iMovie vs. Amanda feud), photos, and more information to build excitement about this wonderful celebration.

Please sign up by July 1 because I’m excited to give these tickets away!  (If you sign up or donate post-July 1, you are still more than welcome!  You will just miss the ticket raffle.)

2011 Team Race for Amanda

Dear Friends,

   It’s that time of year again!
   Organ, eye, and tissue donors, recipients, and their loved ones, are more than statistics of medical stories – they are our neighbors, our friends, our family, and our community.
   They are myself.  They are my family.  They are my friends.  
   They are you.
   As you know, It’s been such a special year for me.  A year ago, I was listed on the national transplant list. On September 1st,  I was given a gift that saved my life, actually, a gift of life.  A teenage boy I’ll never know chose to donate his organs to those who could not live without them.  
    Without Lifebanc, this boy’s gift wouldn’t have gotten too far.  Lifebanc is Northeast Ohio’s non-profit organ procurement and donation organization.  For 25 years, they have helped to save and heal hundreds of thousands of lives in our community through the gift of life – organ, eye, and tissue donations – and transplants.  Dedicated volunteers and staff work hard to educate students, adults, and medical professionals with the facts about donation to increase the number of individuals who decide to become registered donors.  Additionally, they offer bereavement services to provide comfort and care for families touched by donation and transplantation.  Lifebanc speaks with families at the time of their loved ones’ deaths, procures healthy organs for donation, and with UNOS – the United Network of Organ Sharing – helps to organize the complex process of donation.
    One organization does all of this.  I’m so honored to say I volunteer for them year-round to encourage people all over our area, through education, to become registered organ donors.  I go to share my story and show people how my life was forever changed, how I went from losing my life to gaining a brand new life.
    Last summer, even at my weakest, I organized the Race for Amanda team at the 2010 Lifebanc Gift of Life Walk and Run.  (Click for photos and the video below.)  Our team, you, helped us surpass our goals while having a day of celebration and fun.
    Let’s do it again!  Let’s celebrate all of our lives – lives so many people don’t get to live because of the shortage of donated organs.  Let’s celebrate the breaths we take that we all too often take for granted.
    On Saturday, August 13, 2011, it’s Gift of Life Walk & Run time again at Blossom!  If you can’t run, you can walk, right?  (There are prizes!!)  If you don’t want to walk, come to see our Legacy Garden, enjoy our entertainment and refreshments, come to show your support, or just come to snag that free t-shirt!  And if you cannot attend our race, you can definitely sacrifice that cup of Starbucks and make a donation of any amount to our cause.  Additionally, you can raise funds yourself to contribute to our financial goal and win great prizes, too!
    If you want to come for the event and simply don’t have the $25 fee, please contact us as we have some funds set aside for your registration.
    If you have kids, don’t get a sitter – we have a super fun kids area, or they can walk as well.
    Our team goal is $1500.  (Last year we raised $1200.)  Additionally, we are aiming to have 50 people on our team – much more than we had last year.  With your help, can we do it?  What if each one of you told everyone you knew about the cause asked them each for $1?  (You can give donations on the website – more info below – or to me in person, checks make out to Lifebanc.  The team gets credit either way.)  We’d definitely be on our way to being a success for Lifebanc!
    Please honor your life, my life, and the life of my donor, a sweet teenage boy whose life was cut way too short.  Join Team Race for Amanda today!

**Please check out http://www.lifebanc.org for more information about their cause.

**Here on our team site, please be sure to register under the correct team name – Race for Amanda.

**If you’re uncomfortable joining or donating online, or have any questions whatsoever, please email me via (agoodwin)(2010)@gmail.com.     (No parenthesis)

**Our team would be more than happy to mail you a brochure or (while supplies last) an incentive Lifebanc pin or rubber bracelet for joining!  Just let us know.

Thank you so much.  I love you all and wish you so much health and happiness!
Amanda

Last year:

This is a video I made just hours after last year’s (2010) event.  It was so amazing!

Remember the LifeBanc Walk & Run?

Remember This?  Well the deadline, AUGUST 1 is nearing! 

So here’s a repeat of the details in case you forgot. I know, time gets away from us so fast, doesn’t it? I talked with the LifeBanc event handler and she has not received sign up sheets from several of you who I knew were creating “mini-teams” at your workplaces and with other groups of friends.  If you can sign up on the Race for Amanda site (linked below) with a credit card, you’ll immediately be registered, but if you want to mail in a physical brochure, or any collected donations, I suggest you do so today, if possible, to get it in on time.  Any questions, as always, please shoot me an email at agoodwin2010 (at) gmail (dot) com.  If you have a large team and are a little confused at how to register everyone with the brochure, email me and I’ll give you a lady at LifeBanc’s number to call on Monday.  Just as always, remember you are on Team: Race for Amanda  🙂

Walk & Run for LifeAmanda is 22 years old.  Amanda needs a new liver, or she will die. This story is more common than you’d think.

Dear friends, family, and community,

I hope you have your running (or walking!) shoes on!  August 14 we’ll be at Blossom for LifeBanc’s Walk & Run for Life!  

If it weren’t for LifeBanc to educate people on the importance of donation, I’d probably be waiting much longer to get healthy again.  Since they educate people about the importance of registering and teach the public how to register as an organ/tissue donor in the first place, I’m not afraid.

And now who doesn’t love to have fun, be active, win prizes, or socialize?  In honor of whomever’s liver I will receive, I wanted to head up a team in LifeBanc’s annual Walk and Run for Life.  While waiting for a liver and spending so much time going through testing, I hesitated on the idea, but I knew in my heart that this was meant to be.  I am additionally hoping that I can give all of you – my friends, family, and community – an experience that will stay in our hearts and minds forever.

My team is called Race for Amanda, and I’d be honored if you’d join us.  All ages are welcome!  Prizes include iPods and other goodies, plus the inner satisfaction of helping out this cause. It’s only a small fee to walk or run.  If you can’t be there or don’t want to walk or run, would you consider donating $1 to our cause?  Every cent counts!

And, to everyone who loves freebies – advanced registrants (eg, signing up on my team website or on a brochure I can send you) will receive a FREE t-shirt and LifeBanc water bottle!  If you register on the day of the event, you still get to share in the entertainment, refreshments, activities, and of course the knowledge and satisfaction of knowing you are helping to save and heal lives in the community (like mine)

If you win as the first place male or female in the 10K or 5K run, you win an iPod!  The top finishers in ten age categories will be recognized.  In the 1.5K leisure walk, you can enjoy the beauty of Blossom.  It’s a great opportunity to talk, meet new friends, and enjoy the beautiful nature.  This option is handicap accessible.

Another option of something to do is enjoy the Legacy Garden, sponsored by the Cleveland Clinic.  The area honors organ or tissue donors and recipients and inspires others to donate life.  A movie ceremony opens the garden and invites guests to reflect on the Gift of Life and all of the special people who have been touched in some way by organ and tissue donation.

Now who can forget the Kids Fun Area?  Why get a sitter when your kids ages 3-12 can race, too, for a lower entry fee!  Also, there will be balloons, games, crafts, and more!!  How fun!  

And…. after that long, hard race (or leisurely stroll) why not enjoy a complementary massage, get on top of your health by free screenings, or visit with health partner organizations?

Depending on when my transplant takes place, I hope deeply in my heart to be there and thank each of you personally for supporting such a vital cause.  I cannot express what your interest in this means to me.

Our team goal is $1000.  What if each one of you asked everyone you knew for $1 and told them about the cause?  (You can give donations on the website or to me in person, checks made out to LifeBanc.  The team gets credit either way.)  We’d definitely be on our way to being a success for LifeBanc!

Let’s rock this, Race for Amanda Team!  🙂

I sincerely hope to see your name on our website’s roster, and even better, your smiling face on August 14!

NOTE: Blossom Music Center Drive will be closed 8:30-10:30a so please keep this in mind when parking.  The scheduled times for this event are 7:30-11:30a. 

ALL proceeds from the Gift of Life Walk support programming to educate the public about the need of organ and tissue donation.  I’ve volunteered enough with them LifeBanc to know that without their selfless hours, we probably wouldn’t have a smooth, successful organ-sharing system.

It’s my first time at the event, but my LifeBanc contacts assure me it is all out FUN!!  August 14 is going to be an extremely fun time full of entertainment, food, and prizes, and the joy of knowing you’re supporting LifeBanc, the organization who educates the public with facts about organ and tissue donation, increases the number of registered donors, and ultimately saves thousands of lives in the community. Remember, organ and tissue donors and recipients are more than statistics or medical stories.  They are our neighbors.  They’re our community.  With your help, LifeBanc is working to save and heal more lives by educating Northeast Ohio about donation and increasing those designating their wishes to donate the gift of life. 

Please check outhttp://www.lifebanc.org for more information about their cause.

**To join or learn more about my team and the race, to join or to donate to LifeBanc, please visit this site:
http://lifebanc.donorpages.com/2010GiftofLifeWalkRun/RaceforAmanda/

Thank you so much.  

I wish health and happiness to all of you,
Amanda

LifeBanc

Gift of Life Walk & Run!

Walk & Run for LifeAmanda is 22 years old.  
Amanda needs a new liver, or she will die. 
This story is more common than you’d think.

Dear friends, family, and community,

I hope you have your running (or walking!) shoes on!  August 14 we’ll be at Blossom for LifeBanc’s Walk & Run for Life!  

I love LifeBanc.  Even at my worst, I would drive up to their offices for a training course or a volunteer event.  They’re just that worth it.  They do so much more than just promote organ/tissue donation in the area. 

I am in nursing school, I am a nanny, and I volunteer for underprivileged children as well as LifeBanc.  Now, my doctor has told me that I need to stop all of that until I get my new liver and am well enough again.  I’m devastated, but I know I’ll get through this.

If it weren’t for LifeBanc to educate people on the importance of donation, I’d probably be waiting much longer to get healthy again.  Since they educate people about the importance of registering and teach the public how to register as an organ/tissue donor in the first place, I’m not afraid.

And now who doesn’t love to have fun, be active, win prizes, or socialize?  In honor of whomever’s liver I will receive, I wanted to head up a team in LifeBanc’s annual Walk and Run for Life.  While waiting for a liver and spending so much time going through testing, I hesitated on the idea, but I knew in my heart that this was meant to be.  I am additionally hoping that I can give all of you – my friends, family, and community – an experience that will stay in our hearts and minds forever.

My team is called Race for Amanda, and I’d be honored if you’d join us.  All ages are welcome!  Prizes include iPods and other goodies, plus the inner satisfaction of helping out this cause. It’s only a small fee to walk or run.  If you can’t be there or don’t want to walk or run, would you consider donating $1 to our cause?  Every cent counts!

And, to everyone who loves freebies – advanced registrants (eg, signing up on my team website or on a brochure I can send you) will receive a FREE t-shirt and LifeBanc water bottle!  If you register on the day of the event, you still get to share in the entertainment, refreshments, activities, and of course the knowledge and satisfaction of knowing you are helping to save and heal lives in the community (like mine)

If you win as the first place male or female in the 10K or 5K run, you win an iPod!  The top finishers in ten age categories will be recognized.  In the 1.5K leisure walk, you can enjoy the beauty of Blossom.  It’s a great opportunity to talk, meet new friends, and enjoy the beautiful nature.  This option is handicap accessible.

Another option of something to do is enjoy the Legacy Garden, sponsored by the Cleveland Clinic.  The area honors organ or tissue donors and recipients and inspires others to donate life.  A movie ceremony opens the garden and invites guests to reflect on the Gift of Life and all of the special people who have been touched in some way by organ and tissue donation.

Now who can forget the Kids Fun Area?  Why get a sitter when your kids ages 3-12 can race, too, for a lower entry fee!  Also, there will be balloons, games, crafts, and more!!  How fun!  

And…. after that long, hard race (or leisurely stroll) why not enjoy a complementary massage, get on top of your health by free screenings, or visit with health partner organizations?

Depending on when my transplant takes place, I hope deeply in my heart to be there and thank each of you personally for supporting such a vital cause.  I cannot express what your interest in this means to me.

Our team goal is $1000.  What if each one of you asked everyone you knew for $1 and told them about the cause?  (You can give donations on the website or to me in person, checks made out to LifeBanc.  The team gets credit either way.)  We’d definitely be on our way to being a success for LifeBanc!

Let’s rock this, Race for Amanda Team!  🙂

I sincerely hope to see your name on our website’s roster, and even better, your smiling face on August 14!

NOTE: Blossom Music Center Drive will be closed 8:30-10:30a so please keep this in mind when parking.  The scheduled times for this event are 7:30-11:30a. 

ALL proceeds from the Gift of Life Walk support programming to educate the public about the need of organ and tissue donation.  I’ve volunteered enough with them LifeBanc to know that without their selfless hours, we probably wouldn’t have a smooth, successful organ-sharing system.

It’s my first time at the event, but my LifeBanc contacts assure me it is all out FUN!!  August 14 is going to be an extremely fun time full of entertainment, food, and prizes, and the joy of knowing you’re supporting LifeBanc, the organization who educates the public with facts about organ and tissue donation, increases the number of registered donors, and ultimately saves thousands of lives in the community. Remember, organ and tissue donors and recipients are more than statistics or medical stories.  They are our neighbors.  They’re our community.  With your help, LifeBanc is working to save and heal more lives by educating Northeast Ohio about donation and increasing those designating their wishes to donate the gift of life. 

Please check outhttp://www.lifebanc.org for more information about their cause.

**To join or learn more about my team and the race, please visit this site:
http://lifebanc.donorpages.com/2010GiftofLifeWalkRun/RaceforAmanda/

If you’re uncomfortable joining or donating online, or have any questions whatsoever, please email me via agoodwin (at) gmail (dot) com.  Also, I would be more than happy to mail you a brochure or (while supplies last) an incentive LifeBanc ink pen or rubber bracelet for joining!

Thank you so much.  

I wish health and happiness to all of you,
Amanda

LifeBanc