Erin's Run raises $12,000 for domestic violence awareness

5:28 PM, Apr 27, 2013   |    comments
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BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- It was a sea of purple in Bangor Saturday afternoon, as hundreds came out to show their support for those affected by domestic violence.

It was the first year the 5K race, Erin's Run, was held to raise awareness about domestic violence. It was also a chance to remember Erin Woolley, a strong advocate for women who lost her battle with cancer in 2010. Woolley volunteered much of her time at the organization Spruce Run, which works with those affected by domestic abuse.

"No event is going to make up for her loss, but we can still celebrate her legacy and continue the work she was doing," said the run's organizer, Ben Sprague.

Over 400 runners took part in Erin's Run to show their support. From the sidelines Erin's mother, Nan Woolley, was there to cheer on every single one of them."

"I didn't think this was going to be an easy thing and now I don't want it to end," said Woolley. "It's been just wonderful seeing all the support that people had for her. She was totally amazing."

Around $12,000 was raised during Saturday's event. Those funds will be divided between a scholarship in Erin's memory through the University of Maine swimming and diving team that Erin competed on during all four years of her time at the college, and also Spruce Run. That organization will be putting it's share of the funds towards their legal program, which will be named Erin Woolley Legal Services.

If you'd like to learn more about Spruce Run and the services that are available to you through the organization, you can reach them through their 24 hour hotline 1-800-863-9909. You can also visit their website


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