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Mel's Grand Rapids Marathon: Running Relentlessly for Refuge

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BENEFITING: REFUGE FOR WOMEN

EVENT DATE: Oct 20, 2013

Melanie Conley

THE STORY:

The idea of running a marathon is pretty intimidating.  It truly takes alot of physcial and mental work to train one's mind and body to be moving in a forward motion for 26.2 miles. That being said, I wanted to make this, my first marathon, about something more than just me crossing the finish line.  

Over the past few years the horrific stories of sex crimes, sex slavery, and sex industry in our world and in our own country have come to light in many news arenas and social media sites.  It deeply saddens and burdens my soul to hear about such stories and the innocence that is too often ripped away from these individuals. The emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual pain that they must deal with on a daily basis must be incredible.  

So, I decided I wanted to spred the word and raise money for a place, a ray of hope, that is currently available to women who are caught in the sex industry (which can often start out as  involuntary).  Refuge for Women. 

Taken from their website: 
"The Refuge for Women offers a new beginning to women leaving the sex industry. There is no charge to guests as they live and work together as a family towards healing. We are a faith-based non-profit. Although not licensed as a treatment facility by the state of Kentucky, our dedicated staff and volunteers utilize a highly successful curriculum and mentoring approach to help each guest progress through their unique challenges.  We ask each woman to commit to a minimum three-month stay, with many women choosing to stay longer."

Remember:  Every Exploited Woman....was once a little girl.  Thank you for investing in someone's daughter.

http://www.refugeforwomen.org

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To This Fundraiser

$2,075

MONEY RAISED
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  • Lori Dubach

     

  • Lisa Zurcher

     

  • MEL'S GRAND RARIDS MARATION

    $100

  • Sarah Wiliarty

    $10

  • Shari

    $10

  • Holly Fry Young

     

  • Michelle Wallis

    $10

  • Team Neon

    $50

  • Bonnie Conrad

    $25

  • Alan and Karen

    $25

  • Tony and Jessica Fuller

    $25

  • Christina Mensah

    $25

  • Michael O'Hearn

    $25

  • Michele

     

  • Jennifer Sykes

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Jen Champagne

    $30

  • Carrie, Darren & Anna Waggoner

    $25

  • Anson

    $25

  • Christine Lindblad

    $10

  • Doug and Cindi Johansen

    $30

  • Kim & Joe

    $20

  • Julie Dokter

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Ali Kearney

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Jessica Stauffer

    $25

  • Nancy Mulder

    $30

  • Gerry and Kristy Champagne

    $100

  • Nate Cihlar

    $20

  • Tammy Bowman

    $25

  • Scott & Michelle Champagne

    $100

  • Mark Pichel

    $25

  • Lana Amstutz

    $50

  • Kristen Penta

    $10

  • A-Team: BA

    $35

  • Gary and Betty Kindle

    $25

  • Mike and Heidi Kindle

    $35

  • Liz Kuehn

    $30

  • Kimberly caplea

    $25

  • Kel

    $40

  • Amy Griffis

    $25

  • Ron

    $100

  • Brent

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Dave and Serena Spear

    $10

  • Leah stark

    $40

  • Emily McCarty

    $25

  • Mary Revoet

    $50

  • Ken and Rachael Lehman

    $50

  • Go Soundwave LLC

    $50

  • josh & em

    $100

  • Andrea Hutchins

     

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104% Raised of $2,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Andrea Hutchins

Andrea Hutchins

You got this! Proud of you...enjoy it :) 4 years ago

josh & em

josh & em

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Go Soundwave LLC

Go Soundwave LLC

DONATION: $50

From the Kearneys. Good luck! 4 years ago

Ken and Rachael Lehman

Ken and Rachael Lehman

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Mary Revoet

Mary Revoet

DONATION: $50

Go Mel!!!! So proud of you. xoxo 4 years ago

Emily McCarty

Emily McCarty

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

Leah stark

Leah stark

DONATION: $40

4 years ago

Dave and Serena Spear

Dave and Serena Spear

DONATION: $10

4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

In honor of all the hardworking Sub30 5Kers and their amazing achievements! 4 years ago

Brent

Brent

DONATION: $25

4 years ago