I'd like to introduce you to four amazing women: Gracie, Brenna, Beth and Kim. Read about their thoughts on an inspiring journey: roller skating 2,800 miles—from Florida to California—to raise awareness about sexual assault and domestic violence, and $50,000 for the Joyful Heart Foundation.
There [is] some kind of connection between the capacity to love and the capacity to love running. Training has been a labor of love and a learning process. Through it, I’ve come to realize a few things not only about myself, but also about the similarities between preparing for something like a marathon and advocating for survivors of abuse.
Read about Katie's plan to jump out of a perfectly functioning airplane on April 28, 2012. Why? To take part in Operation Freefall: The Two-Mile High Stand Against Sexual Assault. It's part of a movement of thousands of others at skydive centers across the U.S. to take to the sky and jump in effort to raise awareness and money for victims of sexual assault.
My organization, “heart-one” stands for my goal to “heal a heart, remove the 1” of the 1 in every 3 young adults involved in an emotionally and/or physically abusive relationship. I want to educate people on the dangers and prevalence of abuse.
The World Adult Kickball Association in NYC is a social organization that chooses a non-profit organization for which we raise funds each season. For the past few years, the Joyful Heart Foundation has been unanimously voted as the cause to which we dedicate our efforts.
My English teacher gave my class a paper to write: the assignment was to write about something in the world we wanted to change, and then do it. I wrote about ending sexual violence and domestic abuse. Then I got some friends together and organized a fundraiser for Joyful Heart. By the end of the fundraiser, my team and I raised over ten thousand dollars.
While most people aspire to be famous for the fame and fortune, Jamie Marie Hannigan aspires to be famous for the positive impact she will leave on the world. "I just want to help people, that's all", she says.