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About this project
GOTR Council: Girls on the Run Western North Carolina
Project Created on: 11/01/2016
Project Type: Celebrations
I am grateful to be turning 40 years old on December 21, 2016. I am grateful that I have been able to make a life and a living working to create a healthier, safer and more just world. I have made endless requests of family and friends to support my work over the last 20 years, and I am SO grateful for the donations made, events attended, hours volunteered, emotional support and tissues offered, etc. Thank you!
In honor of my 40th birthday, I am inviting you to make a donation to Girls on the Run of WNC. This transformational program uses physical activity to teach girls important life lessons to help them navigate the challenges of adolescence with more joy, health and confidence.
How I wish the 11 year-old Amy in this photo could have been a Girl on the Run! These are some of the key lessons that would have changed my journey through adolescence and beyond:
* Celebrate your "star power," that uniquely brilliant inner spark that shines in your own special way.
* You are equally valuable, no matter how much money your family has, where you live, the color of your skin, your physical and mental abilities, how you dress, or how you choose to express yourself. You can be friends with anyone, and no one should be bullied, excluded or shamed because they are different.
* True beauty is who you are on the inside and how you treat others. Being healthy and strong is beautiful, no matter the shape and size of your body. A beautiful person is kind, generous, openhearted, not an airbrushed model being used to sell products.
* You have limitless potential to change the world! Don't let fear of failure or self-doubt stop you from boldly pursuing your dreams.
These are just a few reasons why I love Girls on the Run and feel incredibly honored to work for this amazing, transformational program. I think my 11-year old self would be doing endless cartwheels and toe touches if she had known what the next 29 years of her life would hold!
With love and appreciation,