People stepping to the line or straddling their bicycles to compete in the Human (e)Motion Bike, Run, Walk event on June 2 will be competing together to stamp out area domestic and sexual violence. All of the proceeds for the Great Bend Regional Hospital event, now in its second year, go to Family Crisis Center, which is located in Great Bend and serves 10 counties.
“Great Bend Regional sees firsthand the need of support for Family Crisis Center,” said hospital administrator Pam Chambers. “We often contact them to provide a wide range of services designed to meet the needs of survivors seeking assistance, shelter and emotional support. Family Crisis Center is a great resource in our community and so deserving of our support.”
For Laura Patzner, executive director of Family Crisis Center, efforts like GBRH’s are a welcome relief as her organization has been asked to do more with its services, even as funding has been cut the past five years. The organization accomplishes its mission with a staff of 10 people, which includes Patzner, and they receive the help of volunteers. Every effort is needed as the center maintains a 24-hour crisis telephone line.
“Every single person is affected by domestic or sexual violence, whether that be someone you know, or even yourself,” explained Patzner. “Economically, it takes a high toll on the community. If everyone understands that they have a part to play, that’s when we can do the most good together. Great Bend Regional Hospital understands that concept and for that, we are grateful. Their support is, quite frankly, a godsend.”
Human (e)Motion starts at 7 a.m. at the hospital with two biking events, a 62-mile race and a 25-mile race. Running events begin a half-hour later with the start of a half marathon and a 5-kilometer race. The 2-mile walking event also begins at that time.
Prizes will be awarded to the top three in each of the five age groups in the 5-K and the half marathon running events. First place earns $100, second place gets $75 and third place wins $50.
Local professional athletes Cameron Chambers and Jackie Stiles will return for the second year. Following Human (e)Motion events, Stiles and Chambers will share their messages with the public about their journeys as high-level athletes.
The entry fee for Human (e)Motion is $30. Those interested in participating can check out more information or register for the event at gbregional.com.