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Running for a Safer Future - SERIOUSLY

Hello fellow BSDers,

I'll preface this by asking the editors to remove this post if they feel it encroaches on any guidelines for this great site. I know I can I act like a jerk on here (especially when it comes to VA TECH ELITE), but it's honestly all in good fun. This time, I don't want to impose.

In April, I was preparing to run a 10K in Richmond when I realized I didn't have a running shirt for the race the next day. I had to go to the mall to get one. Luckily, I left the house a few minutes late and decided to buy a shirt at the 10K Expo the next day. Unfortunately, a student at a local community college carried out a shooting at a satellite campus (in the mall) near where a colleague was shopping and a runner in our group (and now friend) was about to enter. That following Monday, the Boston Marathon bombing (and subsequent events) happened along with anniversaries of Virginia Tech (my current school and home), Columbine, Oklahoma City, and Waco.

I decided enough was enough. The world is filled with too much violence. We need to do better. I'm not sure we can ever prevent all acts of violence, but we can definitely do better to educate our youth and each other, enact new policy, and empower victims in response to violence. For this reason, I have decided to run the Anthem Richmond Marathon in November on behalf of Futures Without Violence (FWV). This group primarily works with domestic violence, but also works to educate men on how to be role models, children on how to build healthy relationships, and the community on how to be better leaders. I have set up a fundraising site (link at bottom of post). I don't need to tell you the importance of preventing violence as we have all educated ourselves in the past 2 years on the effects of child abuse.

I implore you to support this cause. Any donation you can make is appreciated and can help build the bridge to a better future. I know this task seems daunting and probably impossible, but we certainly have to try to fix these issues.

Finally, at the risk of outing my identity, the website is here. I truly appreciate any help you can offer.

Thank you for your time.

-Jake

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