I grew up living all over the United States, living what I considered was a fairly normal childhood; I played sports, from basketball to baseball to football, which was my favorite. I had friends, I had fun in school. I was also a musician, playing drums since I was 10 years old, and progressing onto my high school marching band. I grew up feeling like I could accomplish anything I wanted to, and that if you want it, and you work for it, you can achieve it, and, no matter what the problem was, there was a solution.
Looking back, there are a lot of people that were less fortunate than I was growing up; while I was worried about things like Poke'mon cards, how the Denver Broncos were going to win their next game, and how to get out of doing a homework assignment, lots of kids my own age were living in fear of abuse, harrasment, and exploitation. And this is not just a problem in some far away place, in some far away country, this is a plague that has affected our cities across the United States, in any state, and in any community. This isn't something that is confined to just some areas. Every day, more and more trafficking rings are being discovered, and more and more people are realizing that this "thing," this crime that could "never happen in my community" has happened. And for every discovery, there are more to be found, more children that have lost their childhood, more victims that have suffered from neglect and abuse.
Love Runs is an organization that has been created to combat this tragedy, by assisting law enforcement officers uncover those responsible, and by working with the victims to get their lives back on track, and discover what life is truly about; having the courage to dream big, and working hard to accomplish those dreams. I am standing up to those who take advantage of others for their own gain. Please join me by donating anything you can to support the end of human trafficking in Michigan, in the United States, and around the world.
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