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Walk Highlight: Boston PINK

We are counting down the days to the 20th Annual Mother's Day Walk for Peace! This year our theme is "Celebrating the Courage of Community." We're so grateful for all those families who so courageously use your grief in positive ways to make our community a more peaceful place. Thank you for letting the Peace Institute be part of your healing journey.

I hope to inspire and motivate you this month with stories of survivors and partners as they get ready for this year's walk. Today, let's hear from Janice Johnson. She is a bold survivor and supporter of the Peace Institute. Janice is theteam captain of Boston PINK with a fundraising goal of $1,000. This year is the 10th anniversary of Janice's brother Eric Johnson's murder, and her 10th Mother's Day Walk.

Tell us about your first walk experience: 
"My brother Eric Johnson was stabbed to death on April 17th and he passed away April 18th. Writing to you I want to cry the pain and memories still haunt me still today. It was about three weeks after that I walked that year, it was cool and rainy. I was there quite early and had no one to talk to, and no one to walk with. It was a small group back then, and I'm sure the weather played a part in that. I remember looking at Tina and hearing her voice as she announced the start of the walk and how excited I was, but felt so sad and overwhelmed I started to cry. I'll never forget how determined I was to walk to be an example for the cause and for Justice for my brother. 'No Justice No Peace' his button said."

What are you looking forward to this year?
"Well this year, I want to experience the unity the walk brings. Hugs, love and outreach to survivors that there is support at the Peace Institute. I want to have the opportunity not to only raise money, but to raise awareness about the programs."

What's the most important part of the Mother's Day Walk for Peace?
"It's important to me that the city can come together one day out the year in a cloud of love, determination and hope, and honor our loved ones that have died through homicide. That Mothers are honored for their strength to have bore the burden, pain and horror of burying their child. And we sibling survivors and other survivors of homicide victims have a chance to stand and say WE CARE!"

Janice's team Boston PINK is not only dedicated to fundraising for the Peace Institute, they also want to be a source of support for survivors who are walking for their first year or who may not have a team to walk with. Janice doesn't want anyone to walk alone. If you are a survivor who wants to be on this very specialteam, please reach out to Janice! You can also connect with fellow team members on Boston PINK's Facebook page. 

We invite you to donate to Janice's Boston PINK team so they can reach their goal! If you would like to set up your own team, please visit www.mothersdaywalk4peace.org or call 1-888-PEACEWK to sign up. 
We would also like to invite survivors to come to the Peace Institute to create an umbrella to carry at the walk as a creative way to honor your loved one. You can find out more about these events here: http://ldbpeaceinstitute.org/events/lamb-umbrellas-peace-april-7-14-21