More than 100 walkers and runners gathered at Kanawha State Forest Saturday, Sept. 21, for the sixth annual weCANclimb to raise funds for services to help abused children in Kanawha and surrounding counties. Almost $14,000 was raised for the event in support of the CAMC Children's Advocacy Center (CAC).
V100's Steve Bishop served as this year's honorary chairperson. "It's a fun event, but a very serious cause and I'm proud to support Dr. Joan Phillips and all the great people at the Children's Advocacy Center," Bishop said.
Last year alone, the CAC saw more than 500 new children. The CAC has seen a 73% increase in the number of children served in the last five years. The majority of children seen at the CAC are from Kanawha, Putnam, Jackson, Roane, Clay and Mason counties.
The Children's Advocacy Center at CAMC Women and Children's Hospital provides evaluation and treatment to children who are victims of sexual or physical abuse. In addition to interviews and medical evaluations, it offers trauma-focused therapy on-site for children. It is a child-friendly facility with staff that works to provide children and families professional, compassionate care to reduce the trauma often experienced by children who are victims of abuse. Families are never charged for services at the center.