Zombie invasion could save a child's life

At last year’s Zombie run, the Eagle Grove United Methodist Church SLAM youth group tagged runners as zombies in the church’s sponsored infected zone.  Photo by Kacey Ginn

Do the thought of zombies send chills down your spine? If they don’t, how about the thought of an innocent child being abused? While we may want to close our eyes and pretend it’s only a bad dream, the fact is, it’s a sad reality. Of the 99 counties in Iowa, Wright County ranks number two with the most documented child sexual abuse cases, according to statistics from Prevent Child Abuse Iowa. Humboldt County is number seventeen and Hamilton County ranks number eighteen. In the confirmed cases of child abuse between the years of 2013 and 2016, an astounding 44.5 percent of the children in Wright County were between the ages of 0 and 5.

To raise awareness, and to raise funds to help prevent abuse, the Parent Connection Program, in partnership with the Prevent Child Abuse Iowa (PCAI) Council for Hamilton, Humboldt and Wright Counties, is sponsoring their fourth-annual Zombie 5K Run at the Eagle Grove Golf Course on Saturday, Oct. 28. Please note that this year there will only be two race times - 4:30 p.m and 5:30 p.m.

If you have ever been to one, you know what a heart-pounding event it is, both for the runners and the zombies. If you weren’t, chances are you heard people talking about it for weeks, and you won’t want to miss out this year.

For the Full story, see the September 28 edition of the Monitor.