News outlets from all over our area converged on the Rising to show that compassion, support and determination were very much alive in Fort Wayne and that domestic violence, rape and bullying will no longer hide in the shadows. The horrific numbers have been shown, the deaths, tears and cries have been heard and now, “The fight is on.”
Thanks to Terra Brantley for sharing her story with so many friends she had never met. To all of the reporters, videographers, photographers who opened their hearts and relayed the excitement, hope and beautiful emotions of the crowd, to the public. Parkview Field never charged a penny and was behind the event 100 percent.
But probably the most outstanding cheers go to Keys and the dynamic women and men who practiced their dance steps at 8 p.m. in the Central “Y” after school, work, after the kids went to bed and even on lunch break. The ones who planned the events, produced and danced in the “Flash Mobs” and on “V” Day, they danced their hearts out, leading the hundreds in support of victims and empowering those who refuse to become victims. As citizens, we thank all of you for enabling the hundreds of us to help become part of the answer. “And the fight goes on.”
Jerry and Linda Vandeveer