By JB Clark/NEMS Daily Journal
NEW ALBANY – Purple balloons filled the sky at New Albany Elementary School Saturday morning as more than 1,400 people participated in a celebration of the life of Amanda Price.
The event was filled with Price’s favorite color – purple balloons, purple shirts, purple face paint and even purple hair.
On the purple race-day shirts was 1 Timothy 4:12, her favorite Bible verse: “Do not let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in the way you speak, in the way you live, in your love, faith and purity.”
“This is unbelievable to see this many people turn out,” said her husband, New Albany High School football coach Ron Price, with tears in his eyes. “She was always my number one fan and our number one cheerleader. I know she’s looking down on us and cheering us on, so when you run today, run for her, and run with pride.”
Proceeds from the 5k will benefit Survival Inc., an organization in Saltillo that helps victims of violent crime. Money raised from the fun run will go to establish a memorial scholarship fund for a New Albany High School student.
Alison Laney, Amanda Price’s friend and running partner, spoke to the crowd before the race about her friend’s legacy.
“We’re all here today to remember her and honor her,” Laney said of Price, who was a speech pathologist for the New Albany school system. “To honor one of the most amazing people any of us have ever met. I know she’s the most amazing person I’ve met. If you knew Amanda, you loved her – that’s it.”
Laney talked about Price’s support of everyone around her.
“She was a wonderful friend, a loving mother, wife, sister, daughter, whatever you needed her to be, that’s what she was.” Laney said. “She was an encourager if you needed encouraging, she was a prayer warrior if you needed an answer from God. She was your cheerleader if you were a Bulldog.”
Laney shared with the crowd the things Price taught her.
“She taught us so much about what it meant to be a Christian and to let God’s love flow effortlessly through her,” Laney said. “It’s hard to put into words all the things she was and what she meant to all of us. We just wish she were here to celebrate this day with us and see the impact that she made on all of our lives. We wish she were here to laugh, and we wish she were here to run with us.”
Price was the victim of a fatal shooting by an intruder at her New Albany home Dec. 5. Her husband was wounded in the altercation.
Austin Epting, 22, of Baldwyn, won Saturday’s 5k race with a time of 16:22.