UB Medical Students Raise Domestic Violence Awareness

By Mara McGinnis

Release Date: October 10, 1997

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo chapter of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) in the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is challenging Western New Yorkers to run, walk, roller blade or bike in the fight against domestic violence in a 5K race to begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19, in Delaware Park.

The race will be part of a week-long effort by AMSA at Buffalo to mark the 10th anniversary of the designation of October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Registration for the race is $15 and will begin at 10 a.m. at The Juicery, which is also the site of the start and finish line. All donations and proceeds will benefit Haven House, established by the Erie County Coalition Against Family Violence to provide shelter for abused women and children.

An ongoing “soap drive” also is being held by AMSA to collect feminine toiletries and other items for women at Haven House. Donations can be brought to the race.

Included in the registration fee is a "race day" T-shirt and refreshments following the race. Although participants can walk, roller blade or bike in the race, only runners will be eligible for the first- and second-place prizes.

As part of the recognition of October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Nancy Hannavan, coordinator of community resources at Haven House, will speak at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 14, in Butler Auditorium in Farber Hall on the UB South (Main Street) Campus. Her talk will be free and open to the public.