Raising Awareness For Child Abuse Prevention One Step At A Time

Hundreds participate in 'Henry's Run'

The month of April is known as Child Abuse Prevention Month nationwide.

Saturday, hundreds of people gathered at Falls Park to raise awareness for the cause.

Over 200 people participated in the fourth annual “Henry’s Run,” a 5K that brings awareness to child abuse situations like Henry Johnson’s.

Henry suffers from shaken baby syndrome after being abused by his daycare provider when he was just six months old.

Henry and his family still live with the effects of the abuse and are working to prevent situations like this from happening to other children.

“We want to raise funds to purchase prevention materials like the Period of Purple Crying. We want to do what we can to educate more people,” said Marissa Johnson, Henry’s mom.

Johnson says “Henry’s Run” brought in over $8,000 this year.

Funds raised will go to the Child Advocacy Centers of South Dakota and Child’s Voice to help prevention programs like the Period of Purple Crying.

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