Every day we like to shine a spotlight on people doing amazing work- both with Charity Miles and without. Today we’re featuring Amber McAdoo, an inspiring athlete who recently completed her first Ironman Triathlon and has raised over $3,600 for charity!

What is your greatest accomplishment as of late?

My greatest accomplishment as of late is creating my own website and being able to raise money for 4 non-profit organizations by completing the Ironman Triathlon in Florida on November 2nd. So far I have raised over $3,600 for four amazing non-profit organizations! One provides prosthetic limbs to those who lost theirs, one that provides rehabilitation to Florida’s wildlife, one that provides pregnant woman going through difficult situations with support, and one that provides veterinary assistance for family pets who will have to be put to sleep without the proper funds.

How did you achieve it?

I am achieving raising money and training by never giving up! A little less than a year ago I decided to create a website to raise money, share my personal story of loss/depression, and encourage others going through any kind of struggle that there is always HOPE. Raising money and training for an Ironman triathlon is a 24/7 commitment, countless hours and thousands of miles pushing myself/training, keeping faith, and doing my best to spread encouragement!

What motivates you to make the world a better place?

My motivation to make the world a better place is that I believe the heart of man is good, that we are all in this together, and that love WILL prevail. I want to leave this world knowing that I gave more than I took from it, and to ensure that our future generations and environment are being protected and cared for.

What do you do to stay healthy and fit?

I stay healthy and fit by eating well, exercising 5-6 days a week, and keeping a positive attitude. I feel that my body is a tool that I can use to help others. The healthier I am, the more I can do for others and the environment, such as raising money by doing the Ironman. Some people are not as fortunate when it comes to their health, and I feel that to willingly throw away my health and ability to be active would be a slap in the face to those who would give anything just to be able to stand up and walk. I want to swim, bike, and run for those who cannot…and honor them my doing my best and giving my all.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

*Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure.

“Never look down on someone unless you are helping them up.”  ~ Jesse Jackson

*One kind word can change someone’s entire day.

What’s your favorite aspect of using Charity Miles?

My favorite aspect of using Charity Miles is just how easy it is!  I can turn on my phone and log a lot of miles training each week. To know that every mile I go is being used to help an organization is like a dream come true!  Why NOT do it?!

Who do you exercise for, and why?

When I use the Charity Miles app, I exercise primarily for the Nature Conservancy because animals and nature are where my heart truly lies.  Nature gives life to us all, and my main goal in life is to protect it. The other reason I exercise is to complete the Ironman in a few weeks, and for the 4 non-profit organizations I am raising money for. They are my life right now, and I train every day for them!

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