In January of 2016, my sister, brother, and I lost the most important person in the world to us. We lost the person who was always there for us, the person who loved us unconditionally. We lost her in the most incomprehensible way, a senseless tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother, Jeannine, to domestic violence. She was a mother, sister, daughter, grandmother, friend, aunt, mother-in-law.
My mother had me when she was 19 years old, at one point my mother was in the last year of her 30’s as I turned 20. I always felt so lucky, so grateful to have such a young mom. My mom was incredibly young, which meant that I was incredibly lucky because I would have her longer and get to grow old with her. Having her guidance and help as I was just becoming a mom, calling her for silly things without judgement and no matter how wrong I may be she would always love me. She was supposed to be here when my son started kindergarten and when my daughter began to walk. I thought she would see my kids get married, as my nana and papa have seen me get married and have become great grandparents. I never thought I would have to live without mom, I knew eventually it was inevitable but never did I think I would lose her this young and in such a way. Instead, I was motherless when my daughter was 2.5 months old and my son was 4 years old. I was 32 years old, much younger than I envisioned being a motherless daughter.
I am running the Chicago Marathon in 2019 to raise awareness and support for domestic violence survivors. I want to help in anyway possible to prevent others from having to suffer the way my family has suffered. No daughter or son should have to lose their mother, no sister or brother should have to lose a sibling, and no mother or father should have to lose a child to domestic violence. These 26.2 miles and this charity mean an immense amount to me. It means that I have the ability to make a difference. If running 26.2 miles means that I can provide help in some way so that no one has to feel the pain my family and I go through every single moment of every single day, then every mile is worth it.
Please help me make a difference in my fight against domestic violence. Every little bit counts.
“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” - Abraham Lincoln
CHICAGO METROPOLITAN BATTERED WOMENS NETWORK wrote:
We are domestic violence service providers from across the city of Chicago, who have come together to advance our cause in ending domestic violence. We recruit a team of dedicated runners to help us raise both money & awareness. All revenue generated by the Run DV Team is used by our member agencies for domestic violence prevention and supportive services for its survivors and their families.
We have an awesome team of runners in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and the Chicago Half Marathon/5K!
The Chicago Marathon takes place in October, which is also National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Through community engagement our team intends to make use of a new resource for consciousness and fund-raising via this iconic Chicago event.
The Run DV Coalition is an unprecedented collaboration representing diverse populations across Chicago. Our domestic violence agencies are located in neighborhoods throughout the city and suburbs, and serve communities representing all races, ethnicities, and religions.