Amy's Journey and mission.....
I come from a family of runners, it is in my genes and surely must be in my DNA. I remember riding my blue banana seat bike alongside my dad as he trained for a marathon, when I was a little girl. I think back to that moment in time and smile still to this day. That moment and many since, my father taught me all about drive, determination and commitment. I carry that lesson with me now as my family and I continue to run (yes, my father runs more than me) and I want to share with you all about my drive and committment to this organization. Follow me along on this journey for a moment.....
I am SOOO excited to take on my 5th Chicago Marathon in a city I love so much and for a cause near and dear to my heart. Last year during the marathon, I turned a corner and saw signs. These signs listed alarming statistics regarding Domestic Violence. I was moved beyond words, crying as I ran and knowing the pain of these women, all to well. You see, I myself am a survivor. I am NOT a vicitim but a survivior. A fierce survivor! I know the pain of these women, we hide in the shadows, not wanting to share our hurt and our shame. I want to lift these women up and be their voice. I want to share my gifts and passion to help them to see their full potential that lives within them. I hid, for far too long. No more. Now I proudly run and push away any shame, fear and angst; all of that is all replaced with drive, determination, love, zest for life and a indescrible motivation to turn any and all pain into GOOD. I simply MUST give back and HELP! I ask you to please help me in giving back to those that hide in the shadows, it's such a lonely place to be. Each mile I run will be for those that are cowering in their corners, scared....they do NOT have to cower anymore....I am right there with each of you by my side, standing tall and holding out my hand to take them along on an incredible journey of healing. It is the best place to be!!! Help me on this mission, imagine the impact YOU can make by donating...... WE CAN DO IT!! Join me!
So who is RunDV Out of Town, you ask??? Look no further.........
They are a domestic violence service providers from across the city of Chicago, who have come together to advance our cause in ending domestic violence. All revenue generated by the Run DV Team is used by our member agencies for domestic violence prevention and supportive services for its survivors and their families.
The Run DV Coalition is an unprecedented collaboration representing diverse populations across Chicago. Our domestic violence agencies are located in neighborhoods throughout the city and suburbs, and serve communities representing all races, ethnicities, and religions.
- Arab American Family Services
- Center For Advancing Domestic Peace
- The Network - Advocating Against Domestic Violence
- Connections for Abused Women and their Children
- Family Rescue