Run for Ribbons 5K aimed to raise awareness, encourage prevention of child abuse.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- John McKay
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
With the Run for Ribbons 5K in downtown Plymouth on Sept. 23, race organizer Jasmine Millwood hopes the event’s message of child abuse awareness and prevention resonates long after runners cross the finish line. Millwood, who survived chronic child abuse with her two sisters before being adopted by their uncle, Plymouth Township Supervisor Richard Reaume, said she organized the race to make people comfortable talking about an often-taboo topic. “My main wish is to just get the conversation started,” she said. “We’re trying to make this scary topic not scary.” Millwood chronicled her own abuse and its lasting impact in her memoir, Unbreakable, released earlier this year. She serves as executive director of Lighthouse Family Charities, …
5K run honors slain child abuse victim Dominick Calhoun at Kensington Metropark in Milford.
- LOCAL CONNECTIONS
- John McKay
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Hundreds of runners braved chilly Saturday morning winds to honor slain child abuse victim Dominick Calhoun in a 5K race at Kensington Metropark in Milford. Four-year-old Dominick, of Argentine Township, was killed at the hands of his mother's ex-boyfriend. He was among more than 2,284 children in Genessee County who were abused and neglected in 2010. The run, organized by child abuse advocacy group ChildHelp, paid tribute to Dominick and other abuse victims while raising the profile of Dominick's Law, pending legislation that would enforce harsher penalties for those who abuse children. Rick Calhoun of Linden, Dominick's paternal grandfather, said he has received plenty of support from the community since his grandson's murder to honor …