Lidia SALAZAR via Crowdrise
March 15, 2012
BENEFITING: NORTHRIDGE HOSPITAL FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: NORTHRIDGE HOSPITAL FOUNDATION
EVENT: Honda LA Marathon 2012
Once again I have chosen to run the L.A. Marathon in support of this amazing organization that continues to help victims of sexual assault. As some of you may know this cause is very important to me and that is why I have chosen to take up this challenge again. It is estimated that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually assaulted by the age of 18. Anyone can be a victim. Sexual assault effects the whole community, not just the individual victim.
My last years goal of raising $1000 for C.A.T.S and completing the 26.2 miles; despite the horrible weather conditions, was achieved due to the generosity and support of many that believed in me and this cause. I have always enjoyed playing sports, but running was my least favorite. In fact I recall being yelled at by my coaches for being the slowest on my team. So when I took on this challenge I was aware that I would have to work harder than i've ever had to before. Last Years LA marathon was a very stormy one to say the least. Around mile 22 I doubted my ability to continue the race. I caught mild Hypothermia and my knees felt as if they were going to pop out of my skin. The only thing that kept me going is this amazing cause that helps victims of sexual assault and the support I received from generous hearts. Last Years achievement has forever changed my life. Since then I have become an avid runner and runing has become a lifestyle for me.
This Year my goal is to raise $1000.00 before March 2012
Please Help Me Break the Silence and reach my fundraising goal of $1000.00 by Donating on my page.
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.
CATS (Center for Assault Treatment Services at 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 we serve 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, and educates the community about the importance of child abuse reporting.