Heroes Among Us

Child Abuse Network Challenges Tulsans to be Superheroes

By: Whitley Mumm | Category: Special Interest | Issue: March 2018

Most people will never fight crime on the streets or fly faster than a speeding bullet, but by partnering with the Child Abuse Network, everyone can be a superhero by helping children in the Tulsa community.
On April 8, the Child Abuse Network (CAN) is hosting the CAN Superhero Challenge – a family-centered event geared to raise awareness of child abuse in Tulsa and the work CAN does to help. The event will feature two obstacle courses, arts and crafts, bounce houses, carnival games, and snacks – all included in a small registration price.
“The CAN Superhero Challenge is all about bringing families together to make them aware of an organization that is helping other families right here in Tulsa,” said Brooke Sturdivant, co-chair of the CAN Superhero Challenge, “At the core, it’s kids helping kids.”
The Child Abuse Network is a local non-profit that works relentlessly to reduce the trauma that abuse investigations can pose for a child.
“Children come to us in their most vulnerable, and traumatic times. We exist to create the best environment possible for children in crisis. Instead of re-traumatizing a child by asking them to tell their story over and over again, CAN brings everyone involved in the investigation together in one safe place where the child can be seen and heard just ONCE, ” says Anna America, CEO of Child Abuse Network.

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Co-chair Lauren Bingham added, “Springtime is all about new beginnings and hope. That’s what the CAN Superhero Challenge represents. By bringing the community together and making them aware of what CAN is doing, we’re fostering hope.”
While the event raises money for a sobering and heavy issue facing the community – the CAN Superhero Challenge is all about fun! From games to costumes, there’s no shortage of excitement for every member of the family.
This year, CAN is encouraging schools and teachers to bring their classes to participate in the CAN Superhero Challenge. The teacher who brings the most students will win $500 for their school and a six-month membership to Sky Fitness & Wellbeing at their Midtown location.
You can register online at childabusenetwork.org for $20 before March 8, and $25 after. Sponsorships are still available. Mark your calendars for the CAN Superhero Challenge on April 8, from 1-4 p.m. at POSTOAK Lodge and Retreat.
Put on your cape and be a hero for children in your community, and sign up for the CAN Superhero Challenge today!


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