First Walk-Run-4-Freedom attracts big crowd

GREENFIELD — The first-ever Walk-Run-4-Freedom, organized by a core group of three Hancock County teens to raise money and awareness on the issue of human trafficking, did a good deal of both during the weekend, with a huge turnout and reaching 80 percent of its financial goal.

More than 260 participants took to the Pennsy Trail for the four-mile walk/run that started behind the Courthouse Plaza, and an early tally indicates the run raised about $8,000 for Rapha House, an organization that rescues and heals children from human trafficking and sexual exploitation, said Beth Zimmerman, mother of event organizer Taylor Zimmerman.

Taylor, 16, and friends Emily Webber and Molly Warren began planning the run last year, setting an initial goal of $1,000. But they decided they could do better and ultimately settled on a goal of $10,000.

“The girls worked really, really hard, and it paid off,” Zimmerman said.

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