By: Susan Erler | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2010
Dr. Elaine Clinton, Bobbie Cary, resource development director of William W. Barnes Children’s Advocacy Center, and Dr. Cory Hicks welcome you to sign up for the Turkey Trot for Tots.
Sometimes you never know how meeting someone can change the course of your life. In an instance, you hear their story and suddenly, you are moved to help, to make a difference. That is exactly what happened one day to Dr. Cory Hicks of Claremore Chiropractic & Rehab. “I met someone who told me about a local organization called the William W. Barnes Children’s Advocacy Center. She explained about the work that they did in helping children who were victims of abuse,” says Dr. Hicks. “I was moved by what she was saying and shocked at the same time that so many cases were happening right here in my own backyard. I decided that I wanted to do something to help.” The Claremore chiropractor decided to create an annual event with 100 percent of the proceeds donated to the advocacy center. Thus, the Turkey Trot for Tots was born.
Dr. Hicks, whose practice is located at 900 E. Will Rogers Blvd. in Claremore, enlisted the help of his business partner as well. Dr. Elaine Clinton has become actively involved with promoting this yearly event, and both are proud of what they have been able to accomplish. “Our goal this year is to have 100 runners,” explains Dr. Clinton. “The word has spread about this run. It is such a great event with tons of prizes; we expect to have our best turnout yet.”
The 3rd annual Turkey Trot for Tots is scheduled for Saturday, November 20 at 9 a.m. at Claremore Lake. Registration cost is $15 and includes a T-shirt. “We have a fun design with a turkey on the front of it,” says Dr. Clinton. “I think it will be really popular.” Both doctors agree that the hope is for this run to be something fun for everyone. “We want serious runners as well as those who just want to help. We want kids, pets, strollers – people from all walks of life to join us and help make a difference.”
To register for the 5K Fun Run or Walk, you can go to www.claremorechiro.com or contact Claremore Chiropractic & Rehab at (918) 341-6535.
The William W. Barnes Children’s Advocacy Center furnishes a safe and child-friendly facility for coordinated investigation, treatment, and prosecution in cases of child abuse. Coordination is an important element, and this organization promotes collaboration among child protective services, law enforcement personnel, physicians, therapists, attorneys and victim advocates. Bobbie Cary, resource development director for the organization, is very grateful for this opportunity to benefit the center. “Last year, we helped over 200 children heal through our process and this year, we have already seen 192 victims. Events like this one really help with our funding and allow us to continue our work not only here in Rogers County, but also in Mayes and Craig counties.”
The center is a not-for-profit organization created in response to the problem of child abuse. They encourage a team approach to the investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse. This cooperative approach improves the recovery process for the child and promotes an effective, thorough investigation. By unifying efforts, they are able to coordinate, not duplicate, agency efforts and thus reduce trauma to the children.
For more information about the William W. Barnes Children’s Advocacy Center, go to www.cacclaremore.org or call (918) 283-2800.
Lace up those running shoes (or walking shoes!) and come out for a great event, maybe win some great prizes, but most important of all, help Claremore and surrounding communities support this worthwhile organization.