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#GivingTuesday Q&A: Meet the Founders of GenerationJOY

November 28, 2017 | BY Joyful Heart Foundation | FILED UNDER JHF BLOG >

Every year on #GivingTuesday, people around the world channel the spirit of gratitude and generosity by giving back to causes they care about. This #GivingTuesday, we are showcasing the work of two advocates making a difference for Joyful Heart: Sophia Schrager and Emma Kate Lasry, the founders of our GenerationJOY committee.

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What do Joyful Heart, a lightsaber, and your running shoes all have in common?

A lot...or at least for one weekend in January that you can be a part of!
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States on Skates Rolls into LA

Wednesday, 20 May 2015
Los Angeles, CA
For 78 days, we've watched four courageous women take on a national movement—literally—to end sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. Calling themselves States on Skates, this group has skated 2,800 miles across 8 states to bring light to the issues and raise funds for the Joyful Heart Foundation.
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Meet States on Skates

Four amazing women skating 2,800 miles—from Florida to California—to raise awareness about sexual assault and domestic violence, and $50,000 for the Joyful Heart Foundation.
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Join the Joyful Revolution Athletic Club!

February 6, 2015 | BY Joyful Heart Foundation | FILED UNDER JHF BLOG >
Whether you’re training for a marathon or other sporting event, this is your chance to do what you love while supporting and raising awareness about the Joyful Heart Foundation. Join the Joyful Revolution Athletic Club today!
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See You at the Finish Line!

We're always stronger together. This is something I've always known, and have really come to appreciate in the process of preparing for this race.
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Running Anyway

It’s only been recently that I’ve realized that I run for several reasons. I run to get out the emotions that had been trapped inside for so long. I run to exhaust myself so that I can sleep at night without the nightmares. Mostly I run to feel strong, to feel in control. When I’m running, no one can get to me; I am fearless.
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Kyle: Conquering 26.2 Miles for JOY

There [is] some kind of connection between the capacity to love and the capacity to love running. Training has been a labor of love and a learning process. Through it, I’ve come to realize a few things not only about myself, but also about the similarities between preparing for something like a marathon and advocating for survivors of abuse.

The 2012 Joyful Revolution Gala: A Revolution for the Next Generation

 I often find myself in awe, but somehow not totally surprised, that turning towards the issues sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse is often so hopeful, so joyful. Maybe you sometimes find yourself thinking the same. It's often inexplicable, or at the very least, difficult to put into words as to why this is. And it can certainly be a strange thing to feel—and to write at this very moment—but it's true. And last Wednesday evening was no exception.

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Read about Katie's plan to jump out of a perfectly functioning airplane on April 28, 2012. Why? To take part in Operation Freefall: The Two-Mile High Stand Against Sexual Assault. It's part of a movement of thousands of others at skydive centers across the U.S. to take to the sky and jump in effort to raise awareness and money for victims of sexual assault.