Superheroes race to prevent child abuse


Submitted photo Runners cross the start/finish line of the Superhero Child Abuse Prevention and Elimination (C.A.P.E.) 5K April 28.

Submitted photo Runners cross the start/finish line of the Superhero Child Abuse Prevention and Elimination (C.A.P.E.) 5K April 28.


BEAVERCREEK — The Family Violence Prevention Center (FVPC) and Michael’s House, Greene County’s Child Advocacy Center collaborated April 28 to host the fourth annual Superhero Child Abuse Prevention and Elimination (C.A.P.E.) 5K Run/Walk at Beavercreek High School.

In recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, the annual event provides an opportunity for individuals and families to direct their supportive energies toward an important cause: to stand up for the protection of victims of child abuse and family violence and to help our children feel safe and protected. All proceeds will go toward funding programs at FVPC who provides services and safe housing to families and children who have been treated in abusive ways and Michael’s House, a nationally accredited child advocacy center.

Despite the colder, windy weather, 129 runners and walkers set forth on the course, many wearing Superhero gear.

“There was terrific energy at the event this year and we already look forward to next year,” said Harmony Byrd, Community Relations Coordinator at FVPC.

The 5K was dedicated to the memory of Jacob Alan Barker, a 2 year old who tragically lost his life as a result of abuse.

“The family of this sweet child has worked tirelessly since his devastating passing to make a difference in protecting children,” Byrd wrote in a press release.

These two partnering agencies also recognize the support of the following sponsors: Greene County Children Services, Greene County Board of Developmental Disabilities, TCN/Family Solutions Center, VFW Post # 8312, Enterprise, JB Mechanical, Fairborn Medical Center, Kohl’s and the Jacob Barker Foundation.

Submitted photo Runners cross the start/finish line of the Superhero Child Abuse Prevention and Elimination (C.A.P.E.) 5K April 28.
https://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2018/05/web1_Finish2.jpgSubmitted photo Runners cross the start/finish line of the Superhero Child Abuse Prevention and Elimination (C.A.P.E.) 5K April 28.