Editor’s Note: The Ardmoreite will be featuring the volunteers who will make the Arbuckles to Ardmore Race for Mercy happen in the weeks leading up to the March 20 event.


Editor’s Note: The Ardmoreite will be featuring the volunteers who will make the Arbuckles to Ardmore Race for Mercy happen in the weeks leading up to the March 20 event.

 

Amy Wisian

Q. Why are you volunteering?
A. The next best thing to running a marathon (I’m guessing) is cheering on and passing out water to the runners. I am in awe of their personal dedication to their own health and their willingness to run in the spirit of saving lives.

 

Q. What are you going to do?
A. Water station — I can serve a drink with the best of them. Really, the cheerleaders of Ardmore Young Professionals pitch a tent, make clever signs, make a great playlist and hand off Gatorade and water to the runners with a smile on our face. We look them in the eye and give them words of encouragement.

 

Q. Are you a new volunteer or did you volunteer last year. If you volunteered last year why did you decide to do it again?
A. Well, honestly my husband and I saw the man pushing his quadriplegic son in the stroller and told each other (we might have been crying) that if he could do that for his son, we should at least run for ours. But again, somebody’s got to serve the Gatorade.

 

Q. What other causes or projects have you played a role as a volunteer?
A. I am relentlessly fundraising and promoting the organizations that are near and dear to me. Locally, I serve as a board member for the Grace Center of Southern Oklahoma, serve on the board of Ardmore Young Professionals, and like most moms, I’m a fundraiser and lover of my kids’ school. Over Christmas, I became fascinated and captivated by charity: water, a worldwide organization that brings clean water to developing nations. We just started a campaign last week to raise $5,000 to get water to a village.

 

Q. What would you tell someone who is considering volunteering for the A2A?
A. I’d tell them something similar to what my husband tells my kids every morning. “Pick someone special and be nice to them all day!” Keep it simple. Just open your heart and share it with others.