Dr. Dori Cawley had a dream to help children in any way possible, and has so far done just that.

As a pediatrician, she treats children almost every day for sicknesses, ailments and medical conditions.

 In 2006, Cawley had a vision to help place abused and neglected children in a loving environment. 

To do this, she created Run for the Children, an event that promotes health while supporting Virginia’s House in Graham and Dr. Goodall’s House in Breckenridge.

“I did run and was active in college and high school and thought it would be neat to have an event here. It’s part of my goal, and that’s how it all started,” Cawley said. “I have had very generous support from the community to start the inaugural (run) in 2006.”

Cawley said that after the first RFTC got off the ground, the annual event continues to grow in size, and that members have been added to a board for the event.

“It’s all about the community,” she aid. “We have grown from our beginning and are now USATF (USA Track and Field) certified and have a vision to maybe bring a half marathon to Graham.”

2014 Run for the Children board members get ready for the upcoming run on May 17. Pictured are, from left, Cooper Nunley, Dori Cawley, Terri Rhodes, Teresa
2014 Run for the Children board members get ready for the upcoming run on May 17. Pictured are, from left, Cooper Nunley, Dori Cawley, Terri Rhodes, Teresa Kilpatrick and Jill Cater. Not pictured are Toni Stansell, Heath Henderson, Kayla Voorhees and Erin Nunley. (Courtesy)

This year’s run, which features a kids 1K fun run, a 5K and 10K runs, is presented by the Wash House and will take place Saturday, May 17, on Third and Oak streets. Over the years, numbers of participants have increased from less than 100 to more than 300, and online registration has increased from last year.

“A third of them are from out of town,” Cawley said. “Along with benefitting Virginia’s House, the run provides a community event that benefits physical fitness and provides participants with training to prepare them (for other track events). Virginia’s House supports Young County, Dr. Goodall’s House (supports Stephens County). (The run) brings the communities together as well as (increases) social opportunities.”

The mission of Virginia’s House is to meet the needs of abused, neglected and traumatized children through programs of prevention, advocacy and support. 

Children’s advocacy centers represent formalized partnerships with law enforcement, child protective services, prosecutors, medical and mental health professionals and others who agree to work together to effectively investigate child abuse cases and coordinate the delivery of vital services to child abuse victims and their families. 


The Ninth Annual Run for the Children, presented by the Wash House, starting at Oak and Third streets

• 10K run starts at 8 a.m.

• 5K run starts at 8:05 a.m.

• 1K Fun Run starts at 9:30 a.m.

• Registration for 10-5K runs costs $25; 1K, $12. Day of race registration costs $30 for 5-10K; $15, 1K; registrants receive a T-shirt and goody bag

• Cash prizes given to first place overall 5-10K male and female winners; trophies awarded to first, second and third place overall winners; medals awarded for first, second and third place in all age division; ribbons awarded to children in 1K fun run

• Online registration ends at 11:59  p.m. Friday, May 16 . Participants may also register the day of the race.

All proceeds benefit 

Virginia’s House — A Family Resource Center

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