Every year, thousands of women and children run to flee abuse in their homes. Every day, three women are murdered attempting that run. Jenny Heeren was one of those courageous women.
On July 7, 2011, just three days after Jenny fled her abusive husband, he killed her, their daughter, Kamrie, Jennifer’s parents, Tom and Rebecca, and three other individuals.
Following this tragic event, the family of the Heerens chose Safe Haven Ministries as a recipient of memorial donations, and expressed their desire to help end the epidemic of domestic violence in our community.
As part of that desire, the Heeren family partnered with Safe Haven Ministries, and in May of 2012, began the first Running For Jenny team.
Continuing the tradition, family, friends, and community members unite annually with Team Safe Haven as the Running For Jenny group, and participate in the River Bank Run in an effort to raise awareness and funds to prevent domestic violence. We run not only to remember Jenny, but to join in solidarity for women who, like Jenny, have run, are running, and will run.
This year marks the sixth-annual Running For Jenny team. Together we will take a stand against domestic violence and continue to honor Jenny and all those who have lost their lives as a result of domestic abuse. See you on May 13, 2017!
To sign up for the team, visit: www.safehavenministries.org/teamsafehaven/signup