Amy’s Army Improves Local Community

Chesapeake Charities, a community foundation located in Stevensville is partnering with Attraction magazine to share the stories of community members who demonstrate the power of kindness. We encourage you to look for the good in others.

“She made broken look beautiful and strong look invincible. She walked with the universe on her shoulders and made it look like a pair of wings.” – Ariana Dancu

At 30 years of age, Amy Stoops Rhodes married the love of her life in a beautiful ceremony on their family farm. It was truly a perfect day, and one she had waited for and dreamed of her whole life. All anyone could see was a bright future ahead of them.

Amy Stoops Rhodes married the love of her life in a beautiful ceremony on their family farm.

Amy Rhodes was kind, funny, compassionate, and fiercely dedicated to those she loved. In the year prior, she had earned her master’s degree in social work, which she used to enhance the lives of those suffering with severe mental illness. Amy found joy in her work at Channel Marker where she brought her passion and personality to the people she served every day.

Then just 13 days after the wedding, Amy was taken to University of Maryland Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown, suffering from severe head pain. After losing consciousness, she was urgently flown to University of Maryland Shock Trauma with a ruptured Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM). Previously undiagnosed, Amy had a tangle of blood vessels in her brain that had hemorrhaged, and the damage and her recovery were unknown. After many surgeries and the heartbreaking roller coaster that a traumatic brain injury can bring, Amy’s life ended on Christmas Eve 2015.

Amy’s friends and family continue sharing her joy with the world with Amy’s Army.

Amy’s passing left her friends and family with the realization that they wanted to live as she had, improving the lives of the people and communities that surround them, and continuing to share her joy with the world. They created a non-profit fund with Chesapeake Charities, a community foundation located in Stevensville, so they could get started immediately and would have the support they needed to accomplish their goals. The fund, Amy’s Army, was created to honor the life and legacy of Amy Stoops Rhodes.

“My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.” – Henry Ford

Since her passing in 2015, Amy’s Army has raised over $87,400 to benefit the community and individuals in need, the very people Amy loved the most.

Contributions have been made to Channel Marker, Camp New Dawn, and Compass Regional Hospice. Scholarships have been established at Chesapeake College, Saints Peter and Paul High School and Salisbury University, and direct support has been provided to people who have found their lives turned upside-down in the midst of trauma. In addition, Amy’s Army hosts an annual blood drive, a holiday wreath sale, and the “Perch Pounder,” a popular fishing tournament that gives local fishermen a chance to participate in philanthropy.

Amy brought Amy’s Army together in friendship and touched many lives while she was here on earth. Now this dynamic group raises money to assist families who have experienced a sudden personal or family crisis. Amy’s Army is made up of family and friends who loved Amy, and the members of the community who resonate with the mission.

To make a contribution to Amy’s Army, visit https://chesapeakecharities.org/fund/amys-army. If you know of someone in need or are interested in upcoming events, visit www.amysarmymd.org, Facebook @amysarmymd or contact amysarmymd@gmail.com.

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