On Sept. 9, a woman was allegedly killed and dismembered by her husband. To honor Lisa McCoy and to raise awareness for domestic violence, her coworkers at Marcrom’s Pharmacy is hosting a 5K.
The staff originally wanted to dedicate a bench in her honor on the greenway, but Joe McKamey wanted to do more and brought up the idea of a 5K to fundraise and raise awareness to domestic violence.
“They were all in on it,” McKamey said. “They decided they wanted music and food as well so that folks that didn’t want to participate in the walk/run could still come. We decided to do an evening run in conjunction with our theme of Shining a light on domestic violence.”
The 5K, dubbed Shedding Light on Domestic Violence fundraiser, will raise money for Haven of Hope and Blue Monarch. All of the night’s proceeds will go toward those organizations.
“[McCoy] was the victim of domestic violence. We recognize that many people lost many things that day as does everyone that is a victim or knows a victim of domestic violence,” according to the run’s registration page. “Lisa was a proud mom, a sweet friend, a wonderful and caring sister, an awesome aunt, and a loving co-worker. She is and will continue to be deeply missed. We honor her by helping shine light on these incidences that occur far too often.”
The night run is symbolic – the runner’s flashlights, headlamps and reflective gear is meant to “shine light on domestic violence,” according to the website.
Shedding Light on Domestic Violence fundraiser will be held on Friday, Nov. 16 at Rotary Onsite registration opens at 5 p.m. and the race begins at 7 p.m.
From 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Mary Catherine Williams will be playing at the amphitheater and from 6 p.m. to 6:50 p.m., Mike Childress will perform. Food trucks will be open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The race and post-race party will begin at 7 p.m.
Runners can register online at www.lisas5k.com.
The 5K will be untimed and free.
Online T-Shirt sales end on Nov. 7.
About domestic violence
A total of 77,846 domestic violence offenses were reported in 2017, representing a decrease of 1.8 percent since 2016, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. TBI reported that simple assault accounted for the largest number of domestic violence offenses and females were three times as likely to be victimized as males, and accounted for 71.5 percent of reported victims.
One in four women and one in seven men have been victims of severe physical violence in their lifetimes, according to the National Domestic Violent Hotline statistics.
The Haven of Hope is a program that offers safe spaces, a 24-hour crisis hotline, outreach officers that provide counseling, situation assessments and help in six counties. The organization also offers community training and helps victims obtain orders of protection.
As of last month, Haven of Hope helped 912 people in total. In Coffee County, they’ve seen 3oo cases.