One Voice Journey (1VJ)

$2,235 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 53 people in 39 months
Brenda Lamica  BELMONT, MI
The latest numbers state that about 1 in 10 children will experience child sexual abuse before their 18 birthday' or "about 1 in 7 girls or 1 in 25 boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18."

As a Forensic Interviewer I have witnessed first hand the affects this kind of abuse can leave behind. I've also seen what amazing work Child Advocacy Centers do for children. I have seen some amazing people do amazing things with children. Unfortunately all of the funding for the centers come by way of grants or donations. This year, like many other programs, the funding was cut drastically. I wanted to do something to not only raise awareness about this horrific crime but to also help raise funds to help keep programs in place. These programs are all free of charge to a victim and their families.

I thought about the children and the incredibly difficult journey that begins the moment they decide to trust enough and tell someone about their abuse. From that moment on their lives will forever be changed. I wanted to do something that reflected their extremely tough journey. When I couldn't locate anything that I felt reflected their hard road, I decided to create my own journey. My event is not corporate sponsored, it is just one person trying to motivate not only other individuals, but communities, cities, and states to join in. On Oct 17th, I will begin a multi day walk from the shores of South Haven to the doorstep of Sexual Assault Services of Calhoun County in Battle Creek, where I will present a check to the manager of the program. 100% of everything raised on this fundraising web site will be presented to the manager on Sunday Oct 20th. The operating costs of the journey have come directly out of my own pocket, nothing is taken from the fundraising.

The staff of Sexual Assault Services of Calhoun County will greet us at the Child Advocacy Center where they will open the doors to anyone that wishes to see the facility. There will be refreshments and a silent auction. The auction consists of many items donated by community partners to include Art, American Girl dolls, Keurig Coffee Machine, Stained Glass items, crotched afghans, kid friendly toys, jewelry, and many more.

Please take a moment to support this journey, either by donation or by raising awareness. Come out and walk or just track the walk and remember that it only takes one voice to be heard. Let us all be that ONE VOICE!


If you would prefer to mail a check, please make them payable and mail to:


SAS of Calhoun County - 1VJ
36 W. Manchester
Battle Creek MI 49037


The Journey begins Thursday October 17, 2013 at 9:00 AM
Bailey Street Trailhead in South Haven


Finishes on Sunday October 20, 2013 at 3:00 PM
Sexual Assault Services of Calhoun County
36 W. Manchester in Battle Creek

Click on the link below to see the route.
http://www.kalcounty.com/parks/krvt/KRVT_RegionalMap.pdf

Thank you


Day 1 - Begin 9:00 AM at Bailey St Trailhead South Haven
Lunch 12:30 PM at 54th St Kal-Haven Trail crossing Grand Junction
End 3:30 PM at Oak St Kal-Haven Trail crossing Bloomingdale


Day 2 - Begin 9:00 AM at Oak St Kal-Haven Trail crossong Bloomingdale
Lunch 12:30 PM at 23rd St Kal-Haven Trail crossing
End 3:30 PM at Owen Dr Kal-Haven Trail crossing outside Kzoo


Day 3 - Begin 9:00 AM at Owen Dr Kal-Haven Trail crossing outside Kzoo
Lunch 12:30 PM at Sutherland Park Loop Kzoo
End 3:30 PM at River Oaks Park Comstock Township


Day 4 - Begin 9:00 AM at River Oaks Park Comstock Township
Lunch 12:30 PM at N Brady Rd BC Linear Park Trailhead
End 3:00 PM at 36 W. Manchester BC


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Update 55
35 months ago

Even the dogs were tired after the walk.
Amber
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Update 54
35 months ago

We have finished!!!!! The walk ended up being 86 miles but we had wonderful company.... Thank you everyone!!!
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Update 53
35 months ago

Sunday is the finally day for the walk. It has been very challenging in many ways. If you haven't made a donation and would still like to, this website will remain active until tomorrow at midnight, at which time I will withdraw all funds to present to the Child Advocacy Center. THANK YOU to everyone who has either supported me finacially, with words of encouragment or both. Without all of you, I could not have done anything.
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Update 52
35 months ago

Day 3 started out cold and rainy but soon warmed and dried up. We were joined by Therapy dog Alex and Facility dog Matty and their handler Amber who escorted me through downtown Kalamazoo. We were later joined by therapist Maureen who finished up the 24 mile day... One more day and the Journey will be finished, it's been a hard long road!
Day 3
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Rs Krinker
35 months ago

Had a great time. Looking forward to next years walk minus the rain. It's all for a wonderful cause

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Joyce Siegel
35 months ago

Thank you for your very admirable and tough journey to help abused kids. We are grateful at SAS! I hope you get some good rest tonight.

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Shelly Sulser
35 months ago

Brenda, while you're out there in the cold & the rain, you are not forgotten. We're watching, following & rooting for you from afar. Was your live tracking available online? What's the link? Be safe, warm & dry today.

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Mary Depuydt
35 months ago

Brenda, You are truly an Angel. Best of luck on your journey.

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Joyce Siegel
35 months ago

Brenda, Good Luck on your Journey...stay well ...stay safe and THANKS!!

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Christy Wakley
38 months ago

Brenda it takes a special person like you to do something so wonderful!! This is a great idea for a fantastic cause!!

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Amber Goodlock
38 months ago

You are seriously amazing Brenda!!!

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$2,235 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 53 people in 39 months
Created July 11, 2013
$25
Anonymous
34 months ago (Monthly Donation)
NH
$20
Nicole Hendry
35 months ago
AS
$25
Angie Shrubb
35 months ago

Thank you for advocating for our kids!

$25
Anonymous
35 months ago (Monthly Donation)
RP
$40
Ross & Vicki Phillips
35 months ago (Offline Donation)
GB
$50
Gerald & Mildred Boomstra
35 months ago (Offline Donation)
TS
$25
Teri Spivey
35 months ago

Bren, you've made this world a better place. Thank you for being you! much love!

SB
$100
Sheila Bronkema
35 months ago (Offline Donation)
AL
$50
Angela Lockwood
35 months ago

So proud of what you are doing!! Wishing you the best for the next couple days. Hope it goes well for you:)

BW
$20
Brad Wise
35 months ago (Offline Donation)
Rs Krinker
35 months ago

Had a great time. Looking forward to next years walk minus the rain. It's all for a wonderful cause

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Joyce Siegel
35 months ago

Thank you for your very admirable and tough journey to help abused kids. We are grateful at SAS! I hope you get some good rest tonight.

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Shelly Sulser
35 months ago

Brenda, while you're out there in the cold & the rain, you are not forgotten. We're watching, following & rooting for you from afar. Was your live tracking available online? What's the link? Be safe, warm & dry today.

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Mary Depuydt
35 months ago

Brenda, You are truly an Angel. Best of luck on your journey.

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Joyce Siegel
35 months ago

Brenda, Good Luck on your Journey...stay well ...stay safe and THANKS!!

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Christy Wakley
38 months ago

Brenda it takes a special person like you to do something so wonderful!! This is a great idea for a fantastic cause!!

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Amber Goodlock
38 months ago

You are seriously amazing Brenda!!!

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