Erica For Reach via Crowdrise
April 24, 2014
BENEFITING: Reach Beyond Domestic Violence, Inc.
EVENT: Boston Marathon 2014
EVENT DATE: Apr 21, 2014
REACH Beyond Domestic Violence is a nonprofit organization providing safety and security to survivors of abuse while also engaging community members to promote healthy relationships and prevent domestic violence. I'm excited to be running this year's Boston Marathon for REACH, an organization I have worked with since 2001 as a therapist consulting with their direct care staff. I see a connection between running and the work REACH does with survivors of domestic violence. In a lot of ways surviving abuse and healing is an endurance event of a lifetime. The word that comes to my mind is "transformation." Running has transformed me, REACH does transforming work for individuals and communities, and REACH itself has transformed in the time that I've been working with them. Their mission has broadened, who they serve has expanded, and I get to hear firsthand about the work that the advocates do. They come alongside domestic violence survivors and help them with the logistical as well as emotional work of healing. It's lifesaving work.