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Residents come together in memory of those who have faced trauma at the Empower 5k Run and 1 Mile Walk

(Sewell, NJ) Providing a chance for individuals and families to join together as a community to support those who have experienced trauma in their lives as a result of violence, homelessness, poverty, addiction or other complex life circumstances, the Empower 5k Run and 1 Mile Walk took place on Saturday, Sept. 29 at Washington Lake Park.  The walk was sponsored by Center for Family Services/Services Empowering Rights of Victims (SERV) and Freeholder Jim Jefferson, Liaison to the Department of Health and Human Services, started the race and made a presentation at the event.

Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said, "The Empower 5k Run and 1 Mile Walk provides families with a great opportunity to keep the memory of a loved one who may have experienced trauma in their lives alive while also connecting with others who may have endured the same struggles or may have had someone they love be in a similar situation. It's all about keeping their memory alive and sharing their stories while healing."

Freeholder Jefferson said, “Trauma comes in all forms. The Empower run and walk provides a place for survivors and family members of lost ones to come together and share their stories, personal or of their family members and support each other through what they may be going through.”

At this year's event, participants were invited to walk or run in honor or memory of someone whose life has been affected by violence and trauma or someone who has paved the way for services that support survivors.

Pictured: SERV member Taylor Davis, Freeholder Jim Jefferson, and Vice President of SERV Gina Ridge