About Manda’s Race

About Manda


I am Mann Spitler. My wife, Phyllis, and I lost our 20-year-old daughter, Manda, when she injected herself with a lethal dose of heroin on March 30, 2002.

Since December of 2002, I have told Manda’s Story to every public and private group that has invited me. The purpose of verbally detailing her addiction and subsequent death is to prevent drug abuse and addiction. As much as I would like to personally protect every young person from addiction to drugs, I can’t. But, Manda’s Story can help them protect themselves. It also stimulates parents to take the specific actions needed to protect their children.

Manda’s Story has the power to change life-threatening behavior and I remain committed to telling it. Please contact me to arrange for this compelling presentation. It may save a life.


About Manda’s race


Manda’s race is an enjoyable race/walk with an extremely serious cause — fighting drug addiction.

Manda loved Halloween! So please come run in costume—be zany, crazy, loony, deranged, nutty, daft, possessed, odd, screwy, wacky, and goofy. We encourage costumes and even have prizes for the best ones!

Manda’s Race proceeds support prevention and treatment of self abuse with drugs.