Blog : Melanie Sachs, Get it Going's Latest GiGStar

By Magill | Jun 5, 2014 | in

Get it Going is recognizing Melanie Sachs, child advocate and SASS 5K participant as their latest GiGStar!  Mel had a life changing interview at a young age that inspired her to make the best of a bad situation and “Get it Going” by becoming deeply involved in child advocacy and charity work.  After being sexual abused, Mel was interviewed by a woman named Kristie P. who helped her through the traumatizing experience and taught her that the abuse did not define her.  This meeting changed Mel’s life and sparked a desire to help other victims so they too could overcome their nightmares.  Mel is a recent graduate from Keene State and her work at the Child Advocacy Center has led her to become a certified member of the AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program.  She is currently supporting survivors at A Safe Place, in Salem NH. 

Recently, her dedication to community involvement has pushed her to run her first ever 5K!  Prior to training Mel had never run a full mile without stopping but for abuse survivors she was willing to literally go the extra mile.  On June 8th she will be running the SASS’ 5K to Keep Kids Safe.  One of Mel’s closest friends who has been training with her for the 5K says, “She does so much for so many different causes.  Mel motivated me to sign up for the SASS 5K, and now I’ve discovered that I love running.  She is such a positive and uplifting person.”  Get it Going is inspired by Mel’s story of hope and her positive impact on the community and they hope her advocacy work will encourage others to get involved.  

The SASS (Sexual Assault Seacoast Services) 5K, is Get it Going’s first road race partner and they will be offering Get it Going T-shirts to the first 150 race participants.  This year is the 7th annual SASS 5K and the proceeds will go to SASS’s Safe Kids Strong Teens violence prevention education programs.  These programs help children learn how to set personal boundaries and focus on body safety, internet safety, sexual harassment and bullying.  Come support Melanie Sachs and run along side her or cheer her on at the SASS 5K!  

To learn more about Melanie Sachs and her advocacy work, visit her page on the Get it Going website.  

To register for the SASS 5K, click here.