In 2015, I ran my 1st marathon with this group. At the time, I was carrying the biggest blessing along for the ride. In 2020, my son will be at the finish line. This organization and their purpose has such a special meaning to me. Years ago my mom walked out of a situation with little resources or support. Without her strength I would not be who I am today. She is my role model, my shoulder to cry on, my life cheerleader and my hero.
Many people are impacted by domestic violence whether directly or indirectly. I am so thankful that my Mom had the courage, strength and love so great for my sister and I that she broke the cycle. She is the strongest person I know. I am very fortunate to have another hero in my life, my stepdad Gregg. In a way he saved us all. He raised my sister and I as his own and showed us how we deserved to be treated. Groups like "The Network" provide the support for those looking to break the cycle but need some assistance in doing so.
The one thought that I had in mind in 2015 will be the same this year - if people can get the courage and strength to leave an abusive situation I can absolutely run 26.2 miles.
More information about "The Network" & its various groups is below:
"The Network" are domestic violence service providers from across the city of Chicago, who have come together to advance our cause in ending domestic violence. We recruit a team of dedicated runners to help us raise both money & awareness. 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.
We have an awesome team of runners in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and the Chicago Half Marathon/5K! The Chicago Marathon takes place in October, which is also National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Through community engagement our team intends to make use of a new resource for consciousness and fund-raising via this iconic Chicago event.
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