Printed in the December/January 2013 Issue
Bond Arms Girl Fights Like a Girl
By Timna Rutledge
Blowing up cars and jumping out of planes is just way too much fun to pass up when choosing a career path. Forney resident, Amy Graves is the Bond Arms social media coordinator – Bond Arms Girl – who also happens to raise funds for the Fight Like a Girl Foundation to fulfill the last wishes of women fighting for their lives.
Surrounded by 10 women in her own family who have battled breast cancer, Amy sought a way to help those tormented by the disease; however she wasn’t convinced that awareness and research was where she needed to focus her efforts. That’s when she found the Fight Like a Girl Foundation (FLAGF), a nationwide support group for women suffering from various diseases and health issues.
Typically, FLAGF raises money through product sales such as t-shirts. Amy promotes her “Bond Arms Girl” status, as she helps raise donations for FLAGF, and so far the dual advocacy results have been impressive! Stephanie Ford with Red Jacket Firearms, who stars in the Sons of Guns television show, donated a pink AR15, which was raffled off at Reno’s Chop Shop in Deep Ellum, Dallas, at the Bond Arms Fight Like a Girl Car and Bike Show.
Two women were able to have their last wishes fulfilled: 56-year-old Cynthia’s wish was granted to visit her son one last time at Camp Pendleton. 63-year-old Theresita’s wish to leave her family with “special memories” became a reality when they went to Orlando.
Currently, Amy is working to help another woman mark off the following goals on her bucket list: to meet Cesar Millan (the Dog Whisperer), meet Reba McEntire, swim with dolphins, feed the hungry and help build a house for Habitat for Humanity. “We are never promised tomorrow,” Amy said soberly.
Just after Thanksgiving Amy participated in what she calls “smart marketing” and blew up a car with a mini-gun (fully automatic machine gun), rejecting the typical sex-symbol girl in the bikini, selling firearms to men. The idea behind the campaign was “Girl powered, gun focused.”
Make no mistake, this woman loves what she does. “My company lets me go out there and act like an idiot and do crazy things; but it’s labeling that name. In the meantime, I’m getting to help women.” Amy knows that one day she may be one of those women who needs someone to care about her.
Also a licensed private investigator, Amy has carried over that strong woman mentality and image to Fight Like a Girl. She asked Ted Nugent to donate his “Love Grenade” album cover with a pink ribbon over a grenade. “He did not hesitate to help me,” she said, “He donated it for the cause.”
Moved by people’s generosity and willingness to help, Amy said, “It’s amazing what can happen when you just ask.”
Romans 8:28 describes her life well…And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.
With 16 years clean, eight years sober, Amy is a recovering alcoholic. She uses her past to help people now. “It’s by the grace of God,” she explained, “that I never had any legal problems or went to jail. We all have limitations. I don’t look down on people who drink, but I just don’t.”
Hoping her example will help others to acknowledge their troubles and conquer them, Amy said, “People are afraid to say, ‘I’m a drug addict,’ like people are afraid to ask.” Matthew 7:7 says, Ask and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
“I know what made me sober. I know I can move mountains if given the opportunity. I don’t want to leave this planet wealthy. I just want to be remembered.”
Look for Fight Like a Girl on Facebook.