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{July 30, 2012}   Run 2 Overcome – A Race to Stop Violence & Abuse

No one knew who her parents were or where she came from that cold February day. She was a small, unidentified baby girl that the police officers who discovered her named Julie Valentine.  But her tragically short life focused attention on the plight of abused and neglected children in South Carolina…and the Julie Valentine Center was created as a result.

It’s been more than a decade since that day, but the Julie Valentine Center’s mission has only strengthened and grown.  A symbol of hope for those who have survived rape or child abuse, the JVC  works tirelessly at its goal to stop sexual violence and abuse against women and children.  Offering  Community Education, Victim Support, Specialized Services for Child Victims and Trauma-Focused Therapy, among other vital programs, the  JVC helps victims of such violence put their lives back together and guides them on the road to recovery.

This Saturday, August 4th, the Julie Valentine Center will hold its 4th Annual Run 2 Overcome at Cleveland Park.  Not an ordinary fundraiser, this event is about so much more than just raising money. It is a call to the community to come together to speak out, in a united voice, against violent crimes. It is the chance for victims of these crimes to stand together, without fear, among the friends, family, neighbors, and even among strangers, who care.  It is a chance to find out what YOU can do as an individual to help put a stop to the violence.

This year’s event boasts both 5K and 10K races, as well as a “Fun Run” for the kids. Registration will take place right up until Race Day and can be done online. Registration fees are $25 for the 5K and $30 for the 10K.  The 10K race begins at 7:30AM, followed by the 5K, beginning at 8AM (Race Day Packet Pick-Up is from 6:30AM until 7:30AM). Runners, walkers and  strollers are all invited to join the event.  For more information regarding Run 2 Overcome or The Julie Valentine Center, visit www.julievalentinecenter.org.

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