Amanda Watsula, a 2009 graduate of Tamaqua Area High School, will be representing her employer, Care for the Homeless, in the upcoming 2015 NYC Marathon on November 1, 2015.
Watsula, age 24, who lives in New York with her fiancé Ethan Taylor Morley, said, “This will be my first marathon ever, and although it requires a lot of hard work and training, I’m excited to represent this amazing nonprofit. I currently have four training runs per week; this week, my mileage ranges from 7 miles to 12 miles (and this mileage increases every week). The end goal is 26.2 miles, which is the length of the NYC Marathon.”
Watsula attended Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA where she received a BA in Psychology. She is currently in her second year of the graduate program in Psychology at Hunter College in New York City.
“My fundraising goal to run in the race is $2500,” said Watsula. “All funds raised will help to provide comprehensive medical, dental, and mental health services to over 30 sites serving more that 8,000 homeless men, women, and children in New York City. Right now I am in the process of gaining corporate sponsors, as well as individual donors who would like to support me in this campaign. Every donation helps, even small ones.”
She added, “Care for the Homeless fights homelessness by delivering high-quality and client-centered healthcare, human services and shelter to homeless individuals and families, and by advocating for policies to ameliorate, prevent and end homelessness.”
Donations can be made to either her IndiGoGo website (which allows donations under $10):
Or to her Crowdrise website:
More information on Care for the Homeless can be found at www.careforthehomeless.org.
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