This walk with Prevention means a lot to me because I can combine two things I love: health and fitness, and raising awareness for a cause I am passionate about, my work with UNHCR (The UN Refugee Agency). Only in the past two years did I myself really come to understand who refugees are. A refugee is an individual who is forced to flee because of conflict, violence, or persecution. Refugees are just like you and me, and we are just like them: mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, wives, and husbands looking to live with dignity in safety and peace.The only difference between them and me: I was born in a society that doesn’t persecute me based on my gender, religion, ethnicity, or sexual
orientation or for other reasons. I believe that of those to whom much is given, much is required. So I am asking readers to join me in caring for themselves and others by participating in this virtual walk to raise awareness while getting healthy! People can also donate by visiting stepwithjillian.org.
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In the Democratic Republic of Congo with UNHCR, Jillian met with refugees from South Sudan.