About Amanda


We lost a truly amazing woman on January 29, 2015, when Amanda Hellman died unexpectedly during a whitewater rafting accident on her honeymoon in Costa Rica.

Amanda had a love of adventure and a passion to remain active and healthy. She brought endless gifts of kindness and generosity to those around her, especially to those less fortunate. She is missed dearly, but her imprint will forever remain on the hearts of all the lives she touched.

Amanda was a Registered Dietitian at Dean Clinic and Program Manager for Dean’s Weight Management Program. She volunteered and worked closely with Second Harvest Foodbank, where she also was an important part of forming the program, HungerCare Coalition. She committed much of her life to health and wellness initiatives in the Madison area, including physical fitness, obesity prevention, and food security.

We encourage you to place a purple ribbon on your running/walking/hiking shoe as a way of carrying Amanda’s memory forward into the streets and trails you take.

“Miles for Amanda” Memorial Walk was formed by a group of Amanda’s co-workers, friends and loved ones, in honor of Amanda. Our mission is to continue her passion and commitment to promote healthy lifestyles through activity and nutritious food choices that can lead to long-term health and wellness. Join us to carry on her legacy. Together we can bring awareness to lack of nutrition in those less fortunate and make sure everyone in southwestern Wisconsin has enough of the right kinds of food to live a happy and healthy life.