Justice Jog to Prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome Saturday, April 29th in Waukesha's Fox River Park
At 11 Saturday morning, people from across Southeastern Wisconsin will join together to support victims of child abuse and walk to prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome.
Funds raised at Justice Jog will support SBS prevention efforts and awareness events in the community.
The effort spearheaded by Krysta Krainer, President of Lola's Hope who began the local non profit after her own daughter survived shaken baby syndrome.
Her Vice President is Gretchen Sloan, who's son Abe also survived SBS.
Both children are now thriving.
But Gretchen remembers that when Abe was first injured there seemed to be no support out there where mothers could support other mothers who have been through the same situation.
CBS 58 News has long reported on Abe's success and growth after such a traumatic experience.
Both mothers feel compelled to pay it forward and prevent other mothers from ever having to experience the mix of feelings and anxiety that comes with caring for a survivor.
Gretchen was joined on CBS 58 News at 4 by Justice Jog Committee Member Krista Maglio.
Maglio works in the Waukesha County Victim/Witness program who knows first hand the importance of long term support long after the baby is out of the hospital or the court case has ended.
The mission of Lola’s Hope is to support families impacted by shaken baby syndrome and prevent shaken baby syndrome through education, awareness and community outreach.
Some examples of Lola’s Hope’s endeavors include:
•Speaking and providing education to groups such as the Milwaukee Center for Independence’s SmartBaby program for expectant moms
•Providing Shaken Baby Prevention training in local high schools which meets requirements set forth by Wisconsin law
•Providing Shaken Baby Prevention training to childcare providers which meets requirements set forth by Wisconsin law
•Presenting at conferences including the International Conference on Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma (presented in Denver in 2014 and in Montreal in 2016), WECA Annual Childcare Conference and Waukesha County Childcare Appreciation Dinner
•Distributing educational materials and raising awareness at fairs, parades, and community events •Hosting community events such as Trunk or Treat and Bowling for Babes
•Connecting victim families with the Waukesha County Victim/Witness Assistance Program’s monthly support group
•Accompanying families of victims to court proceedings
•Hosting events to foster family networking and give families an often much needed opportunity for socialization and sense of “normalcy”
•Online awareness efforts and family support
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