Amanda Sundrup WalkerPosition on the Board: Member at Large, Founding MemberOccupation: Lifeline Program Manager, Baptist Health LexingtonFamily Consists of: Husband, Joey, Daughter: Addy Grace 3, Stepchildren: Meghan, 20, Jacob, 17, Katelyn 14 and a special son, Cannon Slade, who is celebrating his 5th birthday in Heaven this year.
How did you become involved with The Toy Chest?
A longtime friend approached me because of my enthusiasm for children and involvement in various charities around the Bluegrass. It was a no-brainer to join this wonderful group of people so closely bonded with a common goal of helping children.
What inspires you to make a difference:
There is no greater reward than making a difference in the life of a child. Whatever I can do to put a smile on another child’s face in wake of a storm is my life’s passion. I want every child to know – and feel – they are cared for and loved by many. One of my favorite quotes from Ralph Emerson reminds me of this: “What comes before us and what lies behind us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” I choose to make a difference.
What are you doing to “Be Relevant” in the community?
I chair one of the Toy Chest’s service projects, Cannon’s Legacy of Love, in honor of my son. We provide memory teddy bears, bereavement blankets, burial gowns and other comfort items to parents experiencing stillbirth and late-term miscarriages within the state of KY. I also serve on several senior committees in our community, am active in our church and try to seek out areas where my help might be most needed.
Things you may not know about me:
My husband and family are my most cherished possessions; I thank God each and every day for placing them in my life. As for hobbies, I love to travel and dance (although with an active 3-year old, I’ve traded those hobbies in for napping lately! J). My guilty pleasures include shopping online, Big Red & orange Hostess cupcakes, Pinterest projects and Bravo Reality TV.