This November will mark the third time I will run the New York City Marathon. I had no idea running would come to be such an important tool for me in my journey of recovery and healing. I have learned that I am capable of so much more than I ever thought or believed. I have learned that a lot can happen if I just keep putting one foot in front of the other.
I'd like to introduce you to four amazing women: Gracie, Brenna, Beth and Kim. They are just days away from completing 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.
On April 28, 2012, I'm going to jump out of a perfectly functioning airplane. Why? To take part in Operation Freefall: The Two-Mile High Stand Against Sexual Assault. I'll be joining thousands others at skydive centers across the country who will 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.