2 Sisters 363 Miles 1 Cause

Posted by Debra Makarowski / May 5, 2011

Starting on June 25, 2011, two sisters from New Jersey, Lori and Holly Chapin, will walk the coast of Oregon to raise awareness and funds for Essex County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and to spread the word about CASA programs nationwide. Several years ago, after Holly moved out to California, the sisters took a road trip together down the Oregon Coast. Vowing to return again someday to enjoy Oregon’s rugged beauty, the plan to walk the coast was hatched a few years later. The idea of turning their walk into a campaign to raise awareness and funds for CASA was born out of the desire to bring attention to such a serious and widespread issue that so few people really even know exists. It’s hard to imagine that not every child in this country grows up in a safe, stable and loving home. But, there are close to 237,000 children in foster care in the United States. The sisters know how fortunate they are to have come from a home with two loving parents who supported them every step of the way through life’s unpredictable twists and turns. Now, they will take this journey together to offer their support to those in need.
Lori E. Chapin is a member of Essex County CASA’s Board of Trustees (Secretary/Administrative VP). A long time supporter of our program, a former CASA volunteer and former Deputy Attorney General, Lori has an extensive background in the child welfare litigation arena. She is now an Associate at Sedgwick, LLP, an international trial firm. Holly Dawn Chapin, originally from New Jersey, lives in Solana Beach, California (San Diego County) and works as a Physical Therapist for Scripps Hospital,where she specializes in women’s health issues.
Please join them on their mission by choosing to make a difference in the life of a foster child. Visit Essex CASA’s website at http://www.casaessex.org/twosisters.aspx for more information about the walk and how you can support Lori and Holly.

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