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One Love’s inaugural Seattle event will raise funds for abuse education

The Move for Love Seattle 5K will raise awareness and funds to support One Love’s work to educate young people about relationship health. Sponsored by One Love.

Yeardley Love’s family started the One Love Foundation after her tragic loss to relationship violence in 2010. One Love educates young people on healthy and unhealthy relationships through workshops, videos, discussions, and activities. 

Current One Love board member Denise Balthrop Cassidy, who was impacted by abuse in the past, attended a One Love workshop through the Seahawks Women’s Association in 2016. 

“After it was over, I knew that what One Love was doing would work,” Balthrop Cassidy said. “We needed to get ahead of this and teach young people the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships, so I was all in.”

The foundation focuses on abuse prevention and education and equipping students with the tools to identify unhealthy and abusive relationships. Workshops start life-changing conversations and empower students. 

“We have phys ed,” Balthrop Cassidy said. “We have driver’s ed. We need love ed. We’re really trying to give young people this education before they go into their adult lives.”

One Love’s work is bolstered by teen ambassadors who bring resources and information from workshops, meetings, and online education opportunities into their communities. The organization also has a Youth Advisory Board to help guide education and awareness work. 

“I think peer-to-peer education is so important because I think it’s an authentic response to an authentic need,” said JR Cassidy, Youth Advisory Board member.

Denise and JR will join together with community members for Move for Love Seattle this month to raise awareness and funds for One Love. The family-friendly timed 5K run/walk will be held May 21 at Lumen Field in partnership with the Seattle Seahawks. Participants will enjoy music, food, and other activities as well. 

To learn more and register for the 5K, visit the Move for Love website.

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