BENEFITING: NORTHRIDGE HOSPITAL FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: NORTHRIDGE HOSPITAL FOUNDATION
EVENT: 2015 LA Marathon
As you may recall, this past March I ran 13.1 miles with my wife, Karen, as part of the charity relay team for a special organization called Center for Assault Treatment Services (more easily known as CATS). Karen began her work at CATS in 2006 as an Outreach Specialist, educating professionals and community members on abuse recognition and mandated reporting. Today, she is the center’s only bilingual forensic interviewer.
CATS works in collaboration with law enforcement and child protective service agencies, to provide forensic interviews and medical evidentiary exams for child, adolescent and adult victims of sexual abuse/assault and domestic violence. This is a vital program that needs our support to continue serving our city.
I am “upping the ante” and running the full marathon…26.2 miles…as part of the CATS Charity Team for the 2015 LA Marathon! (Actually, my wife went back to school and has a busier schedule, so she gave me her half to run). My wife is also turned 26 on December 2nd which happened to be Giving Tuesday! So my wife and I are asking that you give $26 to celebrate her 26 years and my 26 miles!!!
These next few months, miles and hard work I put into preparing for this race will be for something greater than a personal victory – it will directly help victims treated at CATS. I am dedicating this marathon to creating a world with less abuse.
Thank you for your support!
NORTHRIDGE HOSPITAL FOUNDATION wrote -
Every 2 minutes someone is sexually assaulted in the U.S. 60% of sexual assaults are never reported to the police. 2/3 of assaults are committed by someone known to the victim. In comes the CATS program...The Center for Assault Treatment Services of Northridge Hospital provides 24/7 services to victims of sexual assault and abuse of all ages in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys. Each year CATS serves 1,000 victims, 1/4 of them are children age 6 or younger. At CATS, victims are cared for in a nurturing environment with their safety and well being a primary concern. CATS collects forensic evidence which helps law enforcement and the D.A.'s Office get the abusers off the street. CATS is also commited to educating the community about the importance and legal responsibilities of sexual assault and child abuse reporting.