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Annual Walk for Awareness held Sept. 9

BOONE—The 24th annual Walk for Awareness will be held Sept. 9 at 9 p.m. at Appalachian State University beginning at Sanford Mall and ending at the Holmes Convocation Center. This year’s walk will be dedicated to the memory of Leigh Cooper Wallace, who died in December from complications related to pneumonia.

Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to walk silently and to commemorate lives lost to violence, to support victims and survivors of violence, and to oppose violence in all forms.

Chancellor Kenneth E. Peacock, Vice Chancellor for Student Development Cindy Wallace, Student Government Association President Dylan Russell, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Student Conduct Judy Haas, and senior Tommy Wrenn will speak at the event.

Prior to the walk, the film “Why Walk: A Survivor’s Story” will be shown at 8 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Table Rock Room.

Wallace, an Appalachian alumna, became an inspiration to campus and the community following her kidnapping in 1989. A survivor of sexual assault, she helped bring her assailant, who had kidnapped and murdered former university employee Jeni Gray, to justice. Wallace frequently shared her story of survival during the Walk for Awareness. She was a teacher and coach at Watauga High School.