One in three girls and one in six boys is sexually abused before the age of 18*

Really think about that... then, help me fight.

 
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Run2Heal

Running 3000 Miles to Prevent & Treat Child Abuse

 

What

My goal is to raise $1 million to prevent and treat child abuse. On March 16, 2018, in support of Help For Children [HFC], I will put my life on hold and begin running 3000 miles across the United States of America, in an effort to to encourage, inspire, and motivate individuals affected by child abuse.

Why

This effort is much bigger than me just frolicking across this great nation of ours. It took me over thirty years to come to grips with the sexual abuse I experienced in my early teens. There is something very wrong with that. I am still not healed, but I want to get people talking, Loudly. The only way out for those afflicted with this kind of trauma is treatment. The only way to stop the affliction is prevention. The only way any of this happens is by talking about it. I want to get people talking and that's why I have partnered with HFC. They are not only talking about it, they are doing something about it.

How

This is a massive effort. The planning is a daily affair and none of this can be done alone. "It takes a village" has never become more apparent than it has in trying to wrangle the logistics for a transcontinental run, but you can help. There are so many ways to get involved:

 
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Christian's Story of Survival

While we are busy building a public façade, the confusing thoughts and feelings of guilt around past experiences bring on a lifetime of shame, anger, dishonesty, poor choices, broken relationships, and a lack of self worth.
— Christian Griffith, Run2Heal

As a survivor, I am running across the United States of America in an effort to inspire those who have been abused to break their silence; while doing that, I am dedicating myself to raising $1 million to prevent and treat child abuse.

Five children will die today at the hands of a child abuser. One in three girls and one in six boys are sexually abused before the age of 18, and, 80% of 21 year-olds who report childhood abuse meet the criteria for at least one psychological disorder.

But nobody really talks about it.

I'm going to talk about it. Loudly. I am spreading the message of treatment - the only way out. Let me say that again. Treatment is the only way out. Because nobody talks about it, I packaged up my own personal experiences of abuse, airtight, and put them on a shelf high up, and deep into my brain, for over 30 years, just hoping, "out of sight, out of mind."

But experiences are sneaky.

While we are busy building a public façade, the confusing thoughts and feelings of guilt around past experiences bring on a lifetime of shame, anger, dishonesty, poor choices, broken relationships, and a lack of self-worth.

The first step is acknowledgment. The second step is processing the realities of what has happened, digging deep and learning the depth of the effects of your abuse, and lastly, you must walk through the fire, addressing each behavior that you want to change.

It all happens in therapy. It is the only way to heal.

Please help me spread this message, and raise at least $1 million to prevent and treat child abuse, worldwide. Humanity has no borders.

Thank you,

Christian Griffith
Runner & advocate in association with Help For Children [HFC]

 
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Testimonials

Sometimes parents are so clueless thinking it will not happen to their child, I know because I am one of them. Children do not know how to process what’s happening or who to tell because most of the time it’s a family member. EVERY parent needs to talk to their kids. So if run2heal just starts conversations, you will have accomplished a lot.
— Debra G.
I loved watching The Selection [tv show] and I wanted you to succeed, but I’ll be honest and say that I wasn’t overly confident you would. Not because I thought you were weak, but simply because of the odds. After watching what you were able to overcome I now know you’re like the house, and the odds are always in the house’s favor. I’ll be following all 3,000 miles. I know you’ll keep us entertained, informed and inspired.
— Josh D.
There’s no person who knows you thats thinking you won’t accomplish this. One of your greatest assets that you routinely share with us is the power of positive reinforcement and rewards of goal setting. I think you’ll not only finish this but before it’s over you’ll have developed an even larger challenge for yourself!
— Vince C.
Keep walking through the flames.

While I get that you first started running, much like we extremist do, to run away from your problems, to calm the noise between your ears. I genuinely believe that you’re running this go ‘round because you have calm between those same ears. Your transformation has been incredible to watch, and I am eager to see how many people you can encourage to make the same changes.

Asking for help is scary. Admitting you need it publicly can be even scarier. If somebody as tough as you can ask for help, maybe it’ll be less scary for the rest of us.

I love you. So proud of you.
— Lindsay L.
‘Bad things happen when good people do nothing’ ...You are and have done so much! My son (s) sees a strong man running across the country, not for a medal, not for money, but for him, and those like him....it truly is a wonderful thing. “That guy from Ninja warrior mom?” “Running to help stop the bad people from hurting kids? He’s a super hero!” And that’s just my boys...
— Wendi R.
I will match the first $1k! Let the games begin!
— Dave W.
Christian, you are passionate in everything you do. Yes, I think you can complete the 3000 miles, but if you don’t it doesn’t matter, it’s giving it a go for a reason that is close to your heart and part of you. How much can be raised ... I have no idea. A lot I hope. There are so many people who have and are being affected by abuse every day and it is the few special people like you who make it aware to others who once ignored the problem. You have my support as always.
— Sue U.
Nothing will stop Christian from reaching the 3000 mile goal. His intense ability to commit to a project, added to his “failure is not an option” mental outlook, and topped off with his deep-seated passion for the cause of preventing child abuse, mean he is going to reach the other coast regardless of exhaustion, blisters, broken bones or blood loss. And children will benefit from his effort.
— Scott J.

Reach Out to Us

Media Contact:
Abigail MacMillan
(212) 991-9600 ext. 347
run2heal@hfc.org

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