According to The Southern Illinoisan in a report published last August, “Illinois child abuse and neglect deaths in 2013 (occurred) faster than at any time in 18 years” with “the number of abuse reports increasing in central and Southern Illinois.”
That’s why I’m running the Illinois half-marathon in Urbana to support Crisis Nursery of Champaign County on April 26.
Crisis Nursery describes itself as an “Island of Safety” committed to the prevention of child abuse. It is the only emergency-based child care facility open 24 hours, 365 days a year for all of Champaign County to access with no fees or income eligibility. Besides a safe, welcoming shelter for children, ages birth through 6, they also provide family support and parenting education to strengthen parent skills and confidence. Crisis Nursery believes that asking for help is a sign of strength.
Will you sponsor my half-marathon run with a donation to Crisis Nursery today?
When I signed up for the Illinois half-marathon, I’d never run more than 5 miles at a stretch. I felt daunted by the idea of running 13.1 miles. I still am. But, as I’ve trained, the thought of running in support of an organization that helps prevent the abuse of children has motivated me, pushed me on.
Will you please consider making a donation today?
Crisis Nursery offers a bright, safe, child-centered and family-focused space for children at short notice. Trained professionals and committed volunteers strive to make every interaction positive while providing crucial support for families and children.
When at full capacity, it costs $1,800 a day to keep the Nursery open. I hope to raise $1,000 for Crisis Nursery by April 26. But, I can't do it without your help.
Your contribution will assist this invaluable institution continue its compassionate work preventing the abuse of children and supporting parents in need throughout Central Illinois.
To make a donation, please follow this link to my personal fundraising page.
To help prevent the abuse of just one child will have made my run on April 26th worthwhile. Thank you for your support.
P.S. - A donation in any amount will go far to help me meet my goal.
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