Hi friend! Thanks for checking out my page! On November 5th, I will be running the NYC marathon with team ASPCA. If you'd like to donate to my cause, there is a donation link down below (and I believe over to your right? I can't see it from this editing page, but I think it's over there.) Even a dollar helps. Read below for the story of my own dog rescue and why I feel so passionate about running for the ASPCA:

On October 21st of 2014, my life changed forever when a beautiful blonde dog (now known as Liam) wandered into Sirena camp in Texas and fell asleep in my lap. Texas is riddled with stray dogs, so strays wandering around our camp wasn't that much of a surprise, but there was something very different about this particular dog. He was loving, miraculously clean, and so incredibly sweet. According to neighbors, he had been wandering around that area for almost two months, and no one knew who he belonged to or where he came from. I took him to the vet, checked for a micro-chip (there wasn't one) and posted on as many communities online as I could find. No one claimed him.

When this random stray blonde dog wondered into my life, I was living on the road mostly full time in my tiny little 4x8 travel trailer, and I didn't think that having a dog would be the smartest option. I wanted to know I could take care of him. I wanted to know I could afford to take him to the vet if he got sick. As a then 24-year-old who didn't even have her own health insurance, I was nervous about adopting this dog. I hemmed and hawed for DAYS. I had grown up with dogs. I loved dogs. I had taken care of dogs for most of my life, but I wanted to be sure this was the right call for him. After about a week, I decided it would be worth the risk, and I took Liam on as a member of my family.

I have zero regrets. 

Liam is a lucky dog. Had he wandered into our camp at a different time, had he crossed the street at the wrong moment, he would have a very different life right now, or maybe wouldn't have one at all anymore. But the universe dumped him into my lap and here we are--him with a loving forever home, and me with the best furry child and snuggle buddy ever. 

When I decided I wanted to run a marathon last year, I knew I wanted to run for a charity, and I knew it would be a charity that focused on helping stray animals find homes. The ASPCA focuses on fighting animal homelessness and animal cruelty by responding with animal rescue, placement, and protection. They believe that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans, and should be protected by law. They rescued over 10,000 stray animals in 2016, and rescued over 4,000 animals from harmful homes that same year. 

I rescued one dog from the backwoods of Texas, but I can't tell you how many more I wish I could have taken home. Running this marathon for Team ASPCA is my way of supporting those thousands of other dogs who weren't as lucky as Liam was. 

So that brings us here! On November 5th, I'll be running 26.2 miles for the thousand stray dogs I can't take home with me (as well as for my own personal goals, since running a marathon has been on my list for years!) If you can afford even a dollar, every bit counts. I'm honored to run for Team ASPCA, and thank you for any contribution you can give!! 

About the ASPCA: Fighting for animals is a 24/7 job, but your commitment makes it possible for our life-saving programs to create happy endings for those innocent lives touched by cruelty. Every single day of the year, we are rescuing animals from neglect and suffering. With your support, we are able to rescue animals from cruelty, work to end animal homelessness and provide medical care for countless pets in need. Please help us save even more animals and donate to this Team ASPCA campaign today. Interested in joining the team? Learn More »

Personal campaign progress

$ 345.00 raised to date
Personal Fundraising Goal
$ 3,500.00

Recent Donors

Name Amount
Anonymous $50.00
David A Holec $50.00
Anonymous $50.00
Jane $100.00
David C. Hart (spirit) $50.00


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Campaign Donors:

  • David A Holec

    $ 50.0005 / 20 / 2017

    Of course I'll donate for you, Sam!

  • Jane

    $ 100.0005 / 18 / 2017

    Can Liam run with you? Need an experienced wingman?,

  • Andi Brauer

    $ 35.0005 / 18 / 2017

    Love following you journey with your 4 legged boy!! Both of you are very lucky to have each other. Much luck on this Samarathon!!

  • Alexis C.

    $ 10.0005 / 17 / 2017

    Best of luck!