Fun Family Event Benefits Trauma Victims

Shari Nightingale knows firsthand how difficult it is to survive trauma.  Her daughter Lindsay Ferrill was murdered in 2012.  Now she prevents others from becoming victims through the Lindsay’s Light Dating Violence Prevention program at Shield Bearer.  “I’m so thankful to be a part of a Christian ministry that brings hope for people going through such horrible experiences,” stated Shari.

Volunteers have been planning this year’s “Running for Hearts” annual 5K Family Fun Run and Walk.  This fun-filled event will take place on March 25, 2017 and features a timed 5K trail run, a one mile family fun walk (strollers welcome), children’s activities, local vendors, and more. Participants will receive a swag bag, a race day t-shirt, and are invited to an after-race celebration featuring a DJ, food, and a few surprises. Prizes for participants include race winners and fund raising winners.

Northside Christian Church (20250 Kuykendahl in Spring) is hosting this year’s fundraiser on March 25, 2017, with proceeds going to support Shield Bearer Counseling Centers.  “Shield Bearer provides a safe and hopeful place for children and adults to rebuild after tragedy and trauma. We are so thankful for everyone who is coming out to make a difference for people who have gone through traumatic events like crime victims, human traffic survivors, and veterans and their families right here in Northwest Houston,” states Executive Director Roy Wooten.

First Metropolitan Church Pastor John D. Ogletree, Jr. stated, “Our community is grateful to have Roy Wooten and Shield Bearer as a viable resource to assist victims with the horrible aftermath of crime.  I am familiar with the emotional, physical and financial wounds of crime victims and would not hesitate to refer someone to Shield Bearer.”

Registration is available at Pre-race day entrance fees are $25 per participant. Children under 13 are $10. Vendor and sponsor opportunities are available by contacting or calling (281) 894-7222.

For more information about Shield Bearer, a Houston based non-profit and lead agency in the movement to strengthen individuals, couples, and families, visit, call (281) 894-7222, or attend a free Community Breakfast on the first Tuesday of the month at 9AM at 12340 Jones Rd, Ste 290 in Houston.