TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) Alex Lopez is a junior at Toledo Technology Academy. Her life has been impacted by domestic violence.
"Growing up I lived in domestic violence shelters. I didn't piece it all together until I was older and I realized most of my life I've been surrounded by violence. I am grateful to be here today."
This is why Alex organized a 5k run and fun walk this Saturday. All the proceeds will go to Bethany House, a long-term shelter for victims and their children.
Locally, there have been 56 murder victims in the last 10 years because of domestic violence. Just this Monday, a mother of two lost her life in Maumee.
"It's a tragedy that we have had another loss in our community. It's a sobering reminder how dangerous domestic violence is."
You can support Bethany House by participating in the 5k run/fun walk this Saturday.
You can make a donation on their website as well.
Registration begins at 8:00 AM, and the run starts at 10:00. Cost is $15 per person in advance or $30 on the day of the run, and all proceeds benefit Bethany House - a shelter for battered women. Entry forms are available at Dave's Running Shop, TTA,