Unbroken...willing to be broken for this cause.

I don't often read fiction. I don't often have time. But, last week I found a book on our table and started reading. It took me a week but I made my way through one of the most incredible stories I've ever read. The book is called Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand I'm sure you've heard of it but since I never watch the news I didn't know the author had written Seabicuit too! This book did something to my heart. I'll try and explain. The whole time I was reading I kept asking myself about the power of the human heart or spirit. How much can we endure? Why can some endure more then others? Am I wired to survive, fight, persevere, endure...anything? How can one human heart endure while another gives up?

After I pondered that I kept reading and just when I think no more evil/hardship can happen to one man...more happens. I was amazed at the cruelty of one man and then endurance of another. I started asking myself questions of how can one human torment another, sleep at night and do the whole thing all over again in the morning? Over and over and over again. I don't have the answers. But I know that it didn't end with world war II. I've been reading, studying, and watching documentaries trying to understand the horrors of human trafficking and I can't understand...how we are still enslaving human beings? Even more than that, we are doing it to children - don't even get me started. But, I want do something for those children and I want to believe that the human spirit in them can survive, heal and be whole. My faith fuels that belief.

Unbroken was an incredible book! Not easy to read but I was challenged to live my life well and that means do something about the suffering in the world. SO...I'm doing "something" but, I need your help to make a difference.

I've never done this before and I'm really nervous to be saying this out loud...those of you who know me know I don't like to work out! But this is bigger my likes and dislikes, I am going to run a mile a day for 8 weeks and if I raise $1500.00...I will run 5 miles! (so yes, part of me doesn't want to to raise the full amount cause I've never run 5 miles before and I don't even know if I can physically do it!) But, this cause is worth a little of my blood, sweat and tears.

Here's the info:

Tread on Trafficking is an 8 week virtual event to raise awareness and funds to fight Child Sex Slavery and Exploitation with Love146. Tread on Trafficking 2012 will take place between May 1st and June 30th, 2012.


? REGISTER to become a Treader at http://love146.org/tot

? SET A GOAL for the total number of miles you will walk, bike, swim, or row etc... between May 1st and June 30th, 2012 ? FIND SPONSORS to pledge to support you financially for each mile completed. ? GET YOUR TEE and use it to spread the word about your efforts to end Child Sex Trafficking in our generation, pick one up at http://skreened.com/love146/tread-of-trafficking-event-tee# ? START TREADING by yourself, with friends or with a team - and with every step you will be actively contributing to the future of the children that Love146 supports. ? ENCOURAGE OTHERS to join in, even after the 8 weeks has begun, it's never too late to start fighting injustice.

visit to get treadin!

TO SPONSOR ME...and push me towards running my first 5 mile run. Or join my team and run a mile a day with me - getting people to sponsor you in the process.

Noemi Hedrick

Noemi Hedrick is a passionate wedding and portrait photographer based in Minneapolis. Noemi loves capturing the beauty inside every person. Her vibrant energy for life, love and family are grounded in her own values and loved ones. Noemi has been proudly serving as a wedding photographer for over 15 years and also offers a wide range of photography workshops for professional and amateur photographers.