River Forest group walking to end domestic violence

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By Ashley Lisenby

Digital Editor

River Forest non profit Walk with Therese will host its eighth annual 5K walk at Keystone Park on August 16 to stop domestic violence.

Founder Samantha Satterhwaite started the group in 2007 in honor of her aunt Therese Acheson Pender, who was killed by her husband in 2005, and other victims of domestic abuse.

"The walk empowers survivors, remembers those who are gone due to violence, and helps to educate people on domestic violence so we can break the cycle of violence before it starts," said Satterhwaite in a news release.

The walk will start with introductions from representatives from domestic violence agencies and will include an auction, a butterfly release, refreshments and speak-outs (the opportunity for survivors to share their stories with others).

Registration for the walk begins at 10 a.m. Walk with Therese is free, but donations are optional. Donations will go to Walk with Therese.

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