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April 11, 2014

Annual 'Walk a mile in her shoes' event slated April 26 in Palestine

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PALESTINE —

Immediately following the walk will be the Stiletto Dash-for-Cash, a 100-yard race (in the heels) in the Palestine Mall parking lot. The first one through the tape at the finish line wins $100. Greene said the dash, sponsored by PRMC and Ben E. Keith, will probably start around 11 a.m.

Participants are asked to find their own shoes for events.

“If you wear a men's 11 or smaller, you can find them locally,” Greene said. “If (your feet) are larger, you might have to order them somewhere.”

Greene said he often is asked if women are allowed to participate, and they are.

“We encourage women to come and cheer for us as we painfully make the walk,” he said with a laugh, adding, “but the women don't register and get sponsors like the men do.”

To any nervous men out there, Greene said walking a mile in high heels isn't as scary as it sounds. He said many of the men find duck tape come in handy for holding the fancy foot gear in place.

“It's quite a fun event,” he said. “It's a little painful, but you get over it, and you can brag that you did it. It's very rewarding to be a part of something that has such a positive impact on so many people. It offers hope to the victims of domestic violence, that there is community support for their issue, and of course the funds that are brought in go directly to the victims that are victimized by domestic violence child abuse and sexual assault.”

Greene quoted that 73 to 75 percent of Texans have been affected in some way by domestic violence, whether directly or indirectly.

“So its a huge issue, and men are the ones who have to stand up and do something about it.”

For more information, call the Crisis Center at 903-723-5858.

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