May 1, 2012 > Mourning Mothers Walk
Mourning Mothers Walk
Submitted By Lorrain Taylor
The Mourning Mothers Walk, organized by 1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence, is intended to raise awareness for the on-going need for therapy, advocacy and resources for those coping with the loss of a murdered loved one.
This event is a 2K-walk, at your own pace, at San Leandro Marina on May 5, 2012, is expected to draw hundreds of grieving families and concerned citizens from all over the state. ABC 7-KGO TV news anchor and host of "Beyond the Headlines," Cheryl Jennings, will lead the walk.
"We want to encourage grieving mothers and family members to not isolate themselves and suffer in silence," says Lorrain Taylor, founder of 1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence.
Taylor knows first-hand the emotional and psychological trauma survivors experience and why it is important to honor those mothers especially around Mother's Day.
After her 22-year old twin sons, Albade and Obadiah were tragically murdered in 2000, Taylor says the depression and sense of isolation she experienced was almost unbearable, at times. She experienced serious side-effects of anti-depression medication and prayed for an alternative solution.
Taylor began walking around the San Leandro Marina and joined a prayer group and found amazing relief. In 2010, Taylor organized the first Mourning Mothers Walk in the hope that other grieving mothers would find similar relief from grief-related stress.
"Fifty percent of mothers who experience that sort of grief are unable to work or are fired due to the effects of their pain," she said. "We want them to know that they're not alone."
1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to alleviating the detrimental impact of violence through direct, practical and compassionate outreach services to victim-survivor families in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Proceeds from the walk will help provide therapy for children of murdered parents. Registration is $20 (includes lunch). Anyone wishing to donate can send a check to P.O. Box 781, Hayward, CA 94543. All donations are tax deductible TIN: 74-319-1786.
Attendees can pre-register for the walk at www.eventbrite.com, or by logging on to www.1000Mothers.org, or by calling (510) 583-0100.
For more information, call (510) 581-0100, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.1000Mothers.org.
Mourning Mothers Walk
Saturday, May 5
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
San Leandro Marina
13801 Monarch Bay Drive, San Leandro