Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Thoughts from the Summer BBQ and Walk-a-thon

We apologize for not posting this sooner, but for the pictures from last month's event, click here.

We wanted to thank everyone for coming out to the Walk-a-thon and BBQ and support our cause.  We had a great time and were able to raise a good amount of money.  We wanted to thank Melissa for sharing her story and thoughts with us.

We wanted to give a special thank you to our sponsors/partners for the event.  We are sincerely grateful for your contributions.

SOS Staffing - American Fork
Franklin Covey Organizational Products
Walmart - Cedar Hills
Macey's - Pleasant Grove
Big O Tires - American Fork
The Water Gardens
Arctic Circle
Lindon City
The Purple Turtle

Thanks again to everyone that came!  Keep you eye out for our next event, and with your help and continued support, we can change the world!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Event Update

Due to some unforeseen circumstances, the Jazz Bear will not be able to make it to Saturday's event (there was a death in the family). However, because of the amount of time and effort that has gone into planning this event, we has decided to proceed. We hope you all can still make it! We have had some great items donated for the raffle and silent auction. The Jazz Bear still plans on attending one of our future events.

Thank you,
The Run for Innocence Team

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Summer BBQ and Walk-a-thon with the Jazz Bear

Come join Run for Innocence and the Jazz Bear at the Summer BBQ and Walk-a-thon!  Help us continue to promote prevention and raise awareness for childhood sexual abuse.  Bring the whole family!

The event will take place in American Fork, UT on August 11th.  Here are the details of the event:
  • Start time: 10:00am
  • Location: 1165 East 1350 North, American Fork, UT 84003
  • Silent auction and raffle with items donated by our sponsors
  • Several local businesses and private donors have agreed to donate $0.01 per lap ever person does around the park
    • There will be water jugs around the course
  • The following food items will be served:
    • Hotdogs/drinks ($1)
    • Popcorn (free)
  • The Jazz Bear will be there participating with us, hanging out with the kids, and taking pictures

If you and your family are interested in participating, please RSVP at info@runforinnocence.org.  Any questions can be sent to the same email address.

We are still looking for additional sponsors for the walk-a-thon and donations for the silent auction.  If you would like to contribute, please email James Huntington at james.huntington@runforinnocence.org

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Thoughts from the Blue Ribbon Walk

On behalf of the Run for Innocence team, I just wanted to thank everyone that came out to the Blue Ribbon Walk and made it such a great experience.  We end up with around 80 people (including children) participating.  It was great to see all the support.

I also wanted to give Preston Jensen a special thanks for speaking to us and telling us his story.  His words were eye opening and also very moving.  After hearing him speak, I hope we all have made a strong resolve to do what we can to prevent childhood sexual abuse, I know I have.

Here are some pictures from the event:

Along with the walk and hearing from Preston, we also enjoyed a donut eating contest, a three-legged race, and some slack lining.  Thank you to everyone that helped out, it was a blast!  I even got in on the donut eating contest, although I was destroyed by all the other contestants.  You can find more pictures from the walk here.

The walk really was a great experience.  We are planning on making this an annual event, so we hope to see all of you there again next year!


Monday, April 2, 2012

Child Abuse Prevention Month: Break the Silence

As many of you know, April is Child Abuse Prevention Month.  We hope that each one of you will do what you can to take advantage of this opportunity and help raise awareness of the problem of childhood sexual abuse that exists in our society.

For most, sexual abuse is a difficult topic to talk about.  It is a disgusting thing and thus can be an uncomfortable subject to bring up with others.  However, unless we start getting out of our comfort zones and speaking about this problem, the silence will just continue to fuel the problem.  We hope that you will join us this month in breaking the silence!  Let's not continue to pretend that sexual abuse is something that only happens once and a while.  Let's not just sweep these issues under the rug and hope that they go away. Let's not just sit on the side and hope that those who are affected by abuse will be able to deal with it on their own.  Let's take action!  Find something that you can do to make a difference.  You can talk to your peers about the issue.  Talk to your children.  Support a worthy cause.  If you are in the Utah area, you can even join our walk.  You can even change you Facebook profile picture to a blue ribbon, the symbol for child abuse prevention.  It doesn't matter what you do, as long as you do something!  Together, we can make a difference.

Break the silence!

- James

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Come join us on April 28th!

Hey everyone!  Now that winter is finally gone, we are planning another event!  April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Come and join us in a walk to help promote prevention and raise awareness for childhood sexual abuse.  The event will be in Lehi ,UT.  For those that can come, bring the whole family!  There will be games and other fun activities for everyone!

The walk will take place at Wines Park in Lehi, UT on April 28th.  Here are the details of the event:

  • Meet at Wines Park (500 N. Center St., Lehi, UT)  at 9:30am
  • Make sure to wear Blue or your Run for Innocence t-shirt
  • The walk will begin at 10:00am
  • Games and activities for families will follow the walk
  • We will get to hear from special guest speaker Preston Jensen
If you and your family are interested in participating or have any questions, please email us at info@runforinnocence.org.

Child abuse prevention is symbolized by the blue ribbon, so again make sure to wear blue!  Run for Innocence shirts and wristbands can also be purchased for the walk.  To receive an event discount on either of these items please email us your order at info@runforinnocence.org.  To guarantee the availability of your size, please order two weeks prior to the event.

This event is free of charge, but donations would be greatly appreciated.  If you are interested in participating, please fill out the registration information below.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Erin Merryn's Story: Forgiveness Leads to Freedom

This is a video of Erin Merryn's inspirational story about how she overcame sexual abuse.  One part that really stood out to me was when she says, "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."  Please watch.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Timpanogos Half Marathon

Hi everyone, ready for another race?  This one is a little ways out, but we are getting a group together to run in the Timpanogos Half Marathon on July 28th, 2012.  It is a little of five months away, so it should give you some time to train.  Come join us and help raise awareness of the problem of childhood sexual abuse.  If you are interested in running with our team, please contact us at info@runforinnocence.org.  You can register here.

Help us spread the word!  Let's change the world... one race at a time!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Reflections on London's Run

London's Run was first held in January of 2006 by the family of London Solomon, a 6 year old girl diagnosed with an aggressive type of leukemia (AML) in May 2005. Sadly, 7 1/2 months after the diagnosis London's courageous fight ended on December 21 after developing an infection.  

This year was the final year of London's Run and it was an honor representing Run For Innocence in such an amazing event.  They had everything for families to enjoy including bounce houses, exotic animals, massage tables, snow cone stands, a silent auction and much more.  Our teams elite runner Joel Hill represented Run For Innocence with a second place finish in the 10k reporting a time of just over 50 minutes; Congratulations Joel!  

Overall it was a great experience.  People stopped me to ask about Run for Innocence because of our shirts and I was able to get the word out, which was great.  I hope to have a bigger group running with us next time.  I want to thank my loving wife Karina and good friends Tom and Joel for their support.  I also want to thank Tom's wife Kim and their two boys Raynan and Avery for joining us and cheering us on.

-Alex Nelson

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A Journey Through Abuse: I Killed the Secret

This was produced for the Child Abuse Network of Jackson County by KOBI-TV.  We highly recommend everyone, especially parents and victims of abuse who are still holding on to their secret to take the time to watch this video.