BENEFITING: CHICAGO METROPOLITAN BATTERED WOMENS NETWORK
ORGANIZER: CHICAGO METROPOLITAN BATTERED WOMENS NETWORK
EVENT: 2015 Chicago Marathon
Over the last few years I went back and forth about entering the lottery for the marathon but never saw it through. This year I realized there was no better time than now. Running a marathon is already an accomplishment in itself but raising awareness for a great cause makes it even more rewarding. Upon reviewing the list I saw many well known charities but Run Domestic Violence Out of Town caught my eye.
The charity pulled on my heart strings and made me think of one person, my Mom. She is my role model, my shoulder to cry on, my life cheerleader and my hero. She is also a victim of domestic violence. Many people are impacted by domestic violence whether directly or indirectly. I am so thankful that my Mom had the courage, strength and love so great for my sister and I that she broke the cycle. She is the strongest person I know. I am very fortunate to have another hero in my life, my stepdad Gregg. In a way he saved us all - he showed my Mom what true, unconditional love is and raised my sister and I as his own.
So with that I start my training - while the training may be tough I know it is no where near the pain that victims of domestic violence feel. So in 2015, I am running 26.2 for you, I love you Mom.
Eleven very different domestic violence service providers from across the city have come together to advance their cause via the October 2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. All revenue generated by the Run DV Out of Town team, will be used by its member agencies for domestic violence prevention and supportive services for its survivors.
The Coalition is an unprecedented collaboration representing diverse populations across Chicago. Its member agencies are located in neighborhoods throughout the city and suburbs and serve communities representing all races, ethnicities, and religions. As Coalition member Ava Newbart, Director of Development at Shalva, states, “domestic violence doesn’t discriminate: it’s an equal-opportunity destroyer of families throughout Chicago. It doesn’t matter if you’re Hispanic, Asian, Jewish, or Arabic, or whether you are rich or poor. We embrace our diversity and stand together because nobody should be afraid in their own home. Domestic violence is NOT OK.”
The Coalition Members of Run Domestic Violence Out of Town:
Arab American Family Services (AAFS)
Center for Advancing Domestic Peace
Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women's Network (CMBWN)
Connections for Abused Women and their Children(CAWC)
Domestic Violence Legal Clinic
Healthcare Alternative Systems
Metropolitan Family Services
South Suburban Family Shelter (SSFS)
(WINGS) Women in Need Growing Stronger