While I don’t have kids, I do have kids I adore. Kids that I would gladly sacrifice sleep for, clean up sticky and smelly liquids for, spend hours in a waiting room for, and fall flat on my face to make smile. They are kids of my heart.
When I think about those kids, I want to find ways to support and protect them, no matter what. I want them to be safe, loved, and encouraged to be the amazing human beings I know they are. And when I think of any of them being hurt, my heart aches and I want to hold each one tighter. And maybe give them a puppy (don’t worry parents, I won’t).
Some kids don’t have enough people keeping them safe. They need some superheroes to step in. The CASA Superhero Race in Salem is to raise funds and awareness for some superheroes. CASA of Marion County are “court appointed special advocates”; volunteers from the community who advocate for an abused child throughout their case. The advocate, or really the hero, stands beside their child all the way through until the child is placed in a save, permanent home. Inside the whirl of meetings, interviews, and grown-ups talking about them, this one person has one job: support the kid.
Come to Riverfront Park in Salem on Sunday, June 23 to be a superhero for a day. Runners and walkers are encouraged to wear their heroic costume for a 10K or 5K, and kids can participate in a free 1-miler.
Come be a superhero. Support some kids who do not have enough hearts looking after them…yet.
CASA Superhero Race (Salem)
When: Sunday, June 23. 10K at 9am. 5K at 9:30am. 1 mile lap at 10am.
Where: Riverfront City Park (200 Water Street NE)
Packet Pick-Up: Friday (6/21) 10am-5pm at CASA Office (3520 River Road N) or Race Day starting at 8am
Cost: 5K and 10K for $20. 1 mile lap for FREE (for kids). T-Shirts available for purchase.