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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Charity Spotlight: The House of Ruth Maryland Helps Woman Make Revolution

It's always great when a charity can share success stories of domestic violence survivors who turned their life around thanks to the support network set up to aid them and their families. It's even better when a former victim is featured on ABC's The Revolution, as was the case for the House of Ruth Maryland.

The Baltimore-based leading domestic violence nonprofit, an official charity for The Pink Event 2012, helped Veronica Baylor-Ginyard (a single mother of eight) escape domestic abuse. Veronica talked with the The Revolution co-host Ty Pennington about her traumatic experience of being "to hell and back."

"We had some years of domestic violence--a lot of years. The kids saw all of it. They'd be in the next room or they'd come out and see me in a pool of blood. The children called the ambulances for me a few times. Yeah, I'd say so: hell and back."

But Veronica, with the support of her children, plotted a new course by escaping to House of Ruth Maryland. "Finally, we got there. I had planned it so long. We got there and they took care of us, for weeks," Veronica says on the show. "People like me, in that situation, we need somebody on the other end to help us."

This is just one example of how the House of Ruth Maryland accomplishes its goal of helping "thousands of battered women and their children find the safety and security that so many of us take for granted." It's also why The Pink Event is excited to equally donate 65 percent of its ticket sales to the domestic violence shelter and the Maryland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.

Good job House of Ruth Maryland, and see the full video here!

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