I have chosen to participate in this fundraiser because I have a passion to raise awareness for the cause. There are many people that you meet on a daily basis that are survivors of domestic violence and you would never know. My hope is that by fundraising for this cause it will help make services more known and available to women and men who are experiencing and/or are survivors of domestic violence. Men and women alike are afraid or embarrassed to reach out for services because from the outside their lives look great, and no one knows what they are experiencing . They also don't want to be labeled as victims. My hope is by raising awareness these individuals will feel more comfortable in reaching out and receiving the help they need. We need to beat the stigma that a lot of people who experience domestic violence face. It breaks my heart when I hear people blame the victim and or worse yet, not believe them. No one deserves to experience domestic violence! Always remember "We are survivors, no victims"!!!