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Seaside, Oregon Runs to Break the Chain
O.U.R. in the U.S.

I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do. – Helen Keller

There is always power in one individual or one group of people working to make a difference.

A group of volunteers in Oregon were not afraid to move forward to raise awareness and funds for the fight against human trafficking. They organized a fundraising race, Run to Break the Chain, in Seaside, Oregon on August 18th. Almost 60 runners and children participated. Funds raised benefit Operation Underground Railroad and Sunset Empire Parks and Recreation.

Several generous sponsors and student volunteers also made this race possible. Students from Tongue Point Job Corp donated handmade medals for all of the runners, including gold medals for the winners.

Shannon Symonds, a local of Seaside and author of Safe House, said that the race organizers are working “to make Oregon the safest state…and to end sex trafficking.” They plan to hold the race in Colorado, Idaho and once again in Oregon in 2019.

Congrats to the first place winner, Kendall Sawa, who had a time of 21:00 (three seven-minute miles) and a huge thank you to all of the volunteers, participants, and sponsors who made this race possible. There’s incredible power in the one, and by coming together, we can break the chain and shine a light on the global epidemic of child sex trafficking.

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2018-08-30 18:25:34
Thank you O.U.R. for helping us increase local awareness! We all hold the key to ending trafficking.
2018-08-31 19:40:26
Shannon, thanks for your constant support and for all the good you do!
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