Domestic violence isn't limited by geography, race, or religion. It affects EVERYONE. It has affected me. It has affected so many of the people we know and love. Supporting Case Myrna is a way to give back and help survivors find the resources they need. I am running Boston to Stand with Domestic Violence survivors and I hope you will too.
My Running Journey:
I am a forensic nurse, educator, single mom, US Air Force Veteran and slow runner. I started running after my second child was born as a way to lose weight, set goals that seemed far reaching, and to gain some sanity from the stress of parenthood and working as a forensic nurse. I ran my first half marathon 6 months after my daughter was born. As soon as I finished the race I told my friends I wanted to run the New York Marathon. They all laughed as I barely made it through the half marathon - I am prone to pneumonia and was running with an inhaler with a current bout of it a week before. Honestly I never thought I could run a marathon but when I got in through the lottery in 2016 and was able to complete it was a dream come true.
Since 2016 so much has changed. Although I have continued to run a few half marathons and 10Ks (shout out to my Atlanta Track club friends - Peachtree Road Race!) I often put running on the back burner for work and my children. Then in May of 2019 I lost my mother to lung cancer. I started running again to restore my sanity and run through the grieving process. Running is an amazing antidepressant and also friendship builder. So when my friend Annie Lewis O'Conner offered me a chance to achieve another dream - running the Boston Marathon- and with it the opportunity to support a cause I believe deeply in: providing support to survivors of domestic violence, I couldn't pass it up. This race and fundraising goals give me purpose and drive both of which are helping to maintain a healthier way through this grieving and recovering process. By donating to my charity you are supporting victims of violence as well as supporting me through one of the hardest times of my life. I don't have the right words to express my gratitude.
About My Charity:
Team Casa Myrna runs for domestic violence survivors and their children.
With every step they take, our runners raise awareness about an issue that affects 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men. They rally their friends, loved ones, and neighbors to support our three shelters and comprehensive supports for domestic violence survivors and their kids.
Thanks to Team Casa Myrna, today someone will call the SafeLink Hotline and say out loud for the first time that they need help escaping violence.
This week, a survivor will meet with a counselor and take up the hard work of recovering from trauma.
This month, a Casa Myrna lawyer will stand with a survivor in court to seek justice.
This year, survivors will move into safe, affordable, and permanent new homes and move towards futures they create for themselves. They will earn degrees, save up for trips to visit family, start new jobs, become U.S. citizens, and dream of even bigger and better things to come.
And perhaps most importantly, tonight survivors living in our residential programs and beyond will tuck their children into bed and sleep peacefully knowing that they’re safe.
Team Casa Myrna takes a stride toward a world where every relationship is safe and healthy.
Founded in 1977 by a diverse coalition of community activists, today Casa Myrna is the greater Boston area's largest provider of shelter and services to survivors of domestic violence and their children. Our advocates work with survivors to help them recover from the trauma of abuse and rebuild brighter futures for themselves and their families. In addition to welcoming shelters and comprehensive services addressing the pervasive effects of abuse, Casa Myrna provides 24/7 support to survivors across the state through SafeLink (1.877.785.2020), MA's only statewide domestic violence hotline, and works to end abuse for good through education, advocacy, and outreach.
"I felt as if I was fumbling around in a dark room trying to escape, but I could never find a way out. When I called SafeLink and got help, it was like someone finally handed me a flashlight. My counselor at Casa Myrna helped me find the door, and with the support of my other advocates, I was able to open it and walk free."
Casa Myrna is proud to be an official Partner of John Hancock in the Marathon Non-Profit Program. The Non-Profit Program provides over 1000 Boston Marathon® bibs to select non-profit organizations throughout the community, which provides organizations with a significant fundraising opportunity. Last year, John Hancock Non-Profit Runners raised over $12M for their causes.