To the Editor:
The board and staff of the Child Advocacy Center of Anderson County, or CACACT Inc., wish to express their great appreciation and gratitude to the many organizers and sponsors of the Secret City Half Marathon and the Secret City Run for Kids on Nov. 18. The race generated approximately $5,000 for CACACT Inc, which serves abused children living in Anderson County.
Specifically, the mission of CACACT Inc. is to combat severe physical and sexual abuse and resulting trauma by coordinating and providing services in a child friendly, safe, and nurturing environment. Our vision is that all children in Anderson County will be safe, families strengthened, victims healed from trauma, and offenders held accountable.
Sponsors contributed monetarily to CACACT and supported the event. Sponsors included Children’s Clinic of Oak Ridge; Pryor Pediatric Dentistry; Oak Ridge Pediatric Clinic; Pierce Physical Therapy’ Electric Walker: Electric Contractors and Engineers; Jake Break for Kids; Methodist Medical Center; East Tennessee Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists; Obstetrics and Gynecologic Associates of Oak Ridge; Knoxville Pediatric Cardiology, PC; Tennessee Members 1st Federal Credit Union; East Tennessee Pediatric Cardiology, PC; Greg Snodgrass, MD; Homeland Cafe; Oak Ridge Schools; Family Resource Center; and Oral Surgery Associates of Tennessee.
Jake Break for Kids enthusiastically ran the children’s run, and we are grateful for their commitment to childhood fitness. National Fitness Center provided a wonderful venue for the race.
Great thanks goes to Frank Chmielewicz, who provided skill and expertise in organizing a first-class event. His vision for both a well-organized activity and a fundraising event for our organization continuously energized our local half marathon. Four hundred and ninety-one adult runners and approximately 70 children completed the beautiful morning run.
Thanks also to the City of Oak Ridge and the many workers and volunteers who made this event such a success. Volunteers from Oak Ridge Track Club in particular added their invaluable expertise and time.
We were honored to be the designated nonprofit for the race, and are very grateful for the awareness the event brought to the plight of young victims of violence living among us. Please check out our web site for more information on CACACT Inc. at http://www.childadvocacycenter.net. We are currently looking for new board members, especially those with an interest in publicity and fundraising.
Fran Pisano, MD
Chair of CACACT Inc. Board
Voluntary Medical Director, CACACT Inc.