Kathy Hudson, a personal trainer and business owner in The Woodlands, competed in IronMan Texas triathalon on May 17, 2014, but crossing the finish line was not her only goal. As she prepared for IronMan Texas, Kathy also raised funds and awareness for CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County. At the time of IronMan Texas, Kathy had successfully raised more than $11,000 for CASA Child Advocates and the abused and neglected children our Advocates support.
Exercise has been part of Kathy’s life for more than 25 years. In 2008, she became a Personal Trainer and opened her own training studio. She has competed in half marathons, marathons and triathalons since 2006. When IronMan Texas first came to The Woodlands, Kathy wondered, “Could I do that?” Two years later, she took the plunge and signed up for IronMan Texas 2014, her first full IronMan.
For Kathy, fitness is an essential part of her life. She is grateful for the support of her family (husband, Sonny, and children, Chelsea and Jordan). However, Kathy explains, “When you have a wonderful family and so many blessings, it’s hard to imagine what life must be like for abused and neglected children in our community.”
When Kathy first heard about CASA, she says she felt “a strong pull on [her] heartstrings” to help in some way. She learned about the work Advocates do to speak up for the best interests of abused children, and then came up with an idea.
In 2013, Kathy competed in The Woodlands Marathon. She decided to reach out to friends for support and asked them to sponsor her efforts. By the time Kathy ran the marathon, she had raised over $5,000 and donated every penny to CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County.
It costs $1215 to provide an abused or neglected child in Montgomery County with an Advocate to speak up for his or her best interests for one year. Kathy’s efforts will allow CASA to provide 9 more children with a CASA Advocate.
THANK YOU, KATHY!