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Run Out Domestic Violence - Holly Martin Memorial 5K Oct. 13
By Allen Rich
Oct 12, 2018
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Fannin County, Texas -- Please come join us Saturday, October 13 for the fifth annual Run Out Domestic Violence - Holly Martin Memorial 5K Fun Run to benefit the Fannin County Family Crisis Center and the Holly Martin Scholarship Fund.

According to the American Psychology Association, every day in the U.S. an average of three women are murdered by their spouse of intimate partner. Holly Martin excelled at athletics and academics at Ector High School in the late 1980s, graduating as valedictorian before going into a career she loved in nursing.

This is an opportunity to heighten awareness of domestic violence while also helping others through scholarships in nursing. The Holly Martin Memorial Nursing Scholarship, which was endowed in 2015, will award five scholarships this year.  A portion of the funds raised at this event will also benefit Fannin County Family Crisis Center.

"This event is to honor Holly, who was a victim of domestic violence," explains Carlie Bachman, Holly's niece, who went to UT Arlington and got her RN, BSN degree to follow in Holly's footsteps. "Holly was a loving mother, daughter, sister and friend. She was funny, full of life, had a smile that was contagious and loved her job as a nurse where she could care for others."

"We are here for the 5K, but we are also here to remember Holly," says her mother, Nancy Gallemore. "She would be so happy to know that we are helping others attain the same dream Holly had - a career in nursing - and I wouldn't be able to do this without the assistance of our local crisis center. We want men and women to realize that intimidation and domestic violence is not their fault and that they can get help before it is too late."

The thought of Holly's friends that show up every year for this event brings a smile to Nancy's face.

"It is such a blessing to see her school friends," Nancy remarks. "They are very faithful."

Run Out Domestic Violence - Holly Martin Memorial 5K is slated for Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Bonham Civic Center (Armory) located at 1100 W. 5th Street.