To honor the memory of her father, Amanda began raising
money to support the American Heart Association. She put together a team of
family and friends for the Sonoma County Heart Walk and posted it on Facebook.
A fellow Kappa, Taylor Kalman, saw the post. Wanting to do something to help
her grieving sister, Taylor suggested that she form a team of Kappas from southern
California to walk in support of Amanda’s efforts.
Calling themselves Walk for the Naughtons, Taylor recruited
a team of Kappas and friends to walk in the Santa Monica Heart Walk in honor of
Amanda’s father. Thanks to Taylor’s help, Amanda was able to raise more than
$1,600 for the American Heart Association.
Taylor’s decision to support Amanda didn’t go unnoticed. Amanda
says the oft-repeated phrase, “Kappa isn’t for four year, it’s for life,” has
never rung more true.
While selfless, Taylor says she was merely acting out of a sisterly
instinct because, “Kappa is a family of support; it’s our job as members of
this Fraternity,” she says.
Amanda is now in the hiring process with the American Heart
Association, where she has volunteered and interned. “I can’t think of a better
way to honor my dad than to work for a company that seeks to prevent the
disease that took away his life,” she says.
“A good sister is selfless and loyal. A sister is someone
who is accountable, trustworthy and uplifting,” says Taylor. “A good sister
considers your pain and stands for you when you are too weak to stand on your