Running & Fundraising

I never thought the day would come when I would enjoy running. Let alone the day when I would decide to complete 2,011 miles in a single year. But once I created this goal, I got inspired to do more. Make a difference. I’m pleased to let you know I’m officially on the Start! Running Team for the American Heart Association. My goal is to raise $500 – and if I exceed this goal, I’ll continue to raise more money.

Why the American Heart Association? For a number of reasons really, but really it boils down to my Grandpa and the fact that the disease takes so many lives.

My Grandpa Larry’s heart stopped working in his sleep. I want to celebrate his life. And while running, I’ll fill my mind with great memories of my Grandpa- the only thing I have left. I might cry, but I will also smile remembering our fishing trips and breakfast dates after church. I’ll always think of him when I eat oranges or peanuts in bed. I’ll always remember that the easiest money I ever earned was giving him a backrubs with a pound of lotion. I’ll close my eyes even tighter and remember his laugh and picture his smile. When I do that, I feel his spirit come visit with me in my mind, and more importantly- in my heart.

While he went peacefully, his death is a proven statistic that cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States. I want to raise money to provide research and education for heart disease.

So with teary eyes, a happy heart and a lot of hope- I’m ready to do this. I’m ready to run. I’m ready to raise money for such an important organization for an issue that really hits home for me. Maybe you too.

I’d be forever grateful for your support, both financially through donations and emotionally through your encouraging words. Every dollar makes a difference and brings me closers to my goal. You can visit my donation page to learn more about my efforts, make a donation and see my progress. Also, online it seems you can only make a donation of $25 or more. To make a donation of $24 or less, please mail checks directly to me. Please call me or message me on Facebook/Twitter/Gmail for more info.

Another way to help me reach my goal: Tomorrow- I will be placing an order for red wristbands that say “Run With Heart” — I’ll be selling them for $3/one or $5/two — please let me know if you are interested in buying a wristband so I have an idea of how many to purchase! 🙂

Much love,
Ashley

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