Running for Good Things

As many of you know, my youngest daughter has played softball with Simi Valley Girls Softball for several years now. The league works very closely with the Amanda McPherson Foundation to promote a healthy, positive and good-sportsmanship environment for our girls. They even use the foundation’s logo and Amanda’s favorite color, purple, on their uniforms, banners, etc. It is through the softball league that I have become aware of the foundation and what they do for others. The foundation was created in the memory of Amanda McPherson, who passed 9 years ago. Born with Velo-Cardio-Facial Syndrome, she was a child with special needs that possessed a very strong spirit, a tremendous amount of courage and a love for playing softball. Her spirit and love for the game is the underlying theme of the SV Girls Softball, and the Amanda McPherson Foundation is key in teaching these qualities to all of the girls in our league.

The foundation is committed to supporting both research and education in the fields of Velo-Cardio-Facial Syndrome, a genetic birth defect, and Viral Myocarditis, sudden cardiac death. They provide support and resources for special needs children in public schools in Ventura county. The Amanda McPherson foundation was instrumental in raising funds for the Big Sky softball complex in Simi Valley that opened in 2005. Now, they are committed to help build a new baseball field for the Challenger Division of Simi Valley which broke ground at Apollo last month. This field will be specially designed for children and adults with special needs. The Amanda McPherson foundation is a non-profit charity that has raised an estimated $1,000,000 over the past eight years, providing a direct, positive impact to our community. My goal is to help them raise even more.

In 2013, I pledge to donate $1 for every mile that I run between Jan 1st and Dec 10th to the foundation. I am asking you to make a similar pledge. Whether it be $1 or .10 cents or .01 cent, pledge to donate an amount for every mile that I run. Every bit counts! I hope to run between 400-500 miles between these dates, so a .10 cent pledge would equal around $40-$50 and .02 cent pledge would equal $8-$10, etc. These donations are tax deductable and can be in your own name, not mine. I am asking my family, my Facebook friends, my “real” friends J, my company and my co-workers to join me in this pledge. Knowing that together we are raising “x” amount of money per mile will help motivate and push me to run even further. I will post and send updates to all pledges so you can see as the miles total up.

I am proud to say that Houlihan Lokey, my employer, has started off by agreeing to match my $1/mile donation through their charity, the HL Foundation!

Due to a problem with my knee, I have gotten off to a slow start this year. As of today, April 10th, I have ran close to 100 miles. My knee is feeling better and I plan to ramp up my mileage to meet my goal by December 10th.

Here’s the key to the whole plan. Everyone that pledges to donate needs to make their donation on December 12th. Dec 12th 2013 will mark the 10th anniversary of Amanda’s passing. This outpouring of support will show Mary and Phil (her parents and co-founders of the foundation) that Amanda’s spirit lives on among all of us.

So make a pledge, join me in this cause, and do this “Good Thing” in Amanda’s name. Alone we can do a littleā€¦..but together we can do so much.

If you want to make a pledge, reply to this E-mail, or you can like the Facebook page at and post your pledge. I will keep any private pledges confidential and only post the total amount per mile that we are raising, so please don’t feel that a small donation is too little.

Please pass this E-mail around to anyone else that you think would be interested in supporting the cause.

Thank you for your support!

Michael Sharp