An Elysburg native will be running in the 123rd Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, to raise money for a nonprofit organization that provides front-line response to abused and exploited children.

Amanda (Swartz) Sbriscia, a daughter of Paul and Paula Swartz, of Elysburg, is running as part of the Boston Athletic Association’s Official Charity Program, raising money for the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC), which coordinates the efforts of child protection, law enforcement, prosecutors, advocates, medical and mental health experts under one roof.

CAC serves an average of 1,500 children and their families annually, offering trauma treatment, family advocacy, training and outreach thanks to grants and private donations. Through individual runner fundraising efforts, $36.6 million was raised for over 260 nonprofits in 2018.

Sbriscia’s goal is to raise $7,500 for CAC by race day.

“Running the Boston Marathon has always been a dream of mine,” said Sbriscia. “My goal is to enjoy the experience and cross the finish line knowing I’ve had a positive impact on others’ lives. I’m just grateful to have this opportunity and very fortunate that family, friends and the community are willing to support my journey.”

The Boston Marathon is a 26.2-mile, point-to-point course that begins in Hopkinton, Mass. and ends on Boylston Street in Boston. Sbriscia will be joined by a field of 30,000 runners.

Boston will mark Sbriscia’s eighth marathon, having covered the same distance in Chicago, New York City, Philadelphia, Hartford (twice), Newport and Scranton’s Steamtown Marathon. Sbriscia is a 2002 graduate of Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School and a 2006 graduate of Cedar Crest College in Allentown. She and her husband reside in Granby, Mass.

Donations to Sbriscia’s campaign can be made online at https://www.crowdrise.com/amandasbriscia by clicking on the 2019 CAC Boston Marathon Team link. You may also mail a check, payable to CAC of Suffolk County, to 989 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA 02215. Note “Boston Marathon – Amanda” in the memo line. All donations are tax deductible.

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