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Walk a Mile Event to Benefit AVMC’s Forensic Services Unit

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Partnership between AVMC, Antelope Valley College and the Antelope Valley Chapter of Zonta International Raises Awareness, Wellness

(LANCASTER, Calif. – August 20, 2015) — Members of the Antelope Valley’s medical and educational community are joining forces in a local Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® event to raise funds for and awareness about gender-based violence.

Sponsored by Antelope Valley Medical Center (AVMC), Antelope Valley College (AVC), and The Antelope Valley Chapter of Zonta International, along with major support from Secure Digital Forensic Imaging, Walk a Mile features men walking a mile in high-heeled shoes around the AVC campus. It’s a live demonstration of the old saying, “You can’t really understand another person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.”

“Wellness, both physically and mentally, thrives in a home and community free of violence. You never really understand a person until you consider what they have experienced,” said Mary Reina, director of the AVMC Forensic Services Unit (FSU). “We hope the community will participate in this fun Walk A Mile in Her Shoes event to help raise awareness, end violence and together create a healthier community.”

Proceeds from the event will benefit the AVMC Forensic Services Unit (FSU).The FSU assesses, documents, photographs and collects evidence on all cases presenting to the hospital or referred by law enforcement. They also coordinate the medical/legal needs of victims and provide compassionate care to those who have experienced horrific crimes.

When: September 26, 5 – 7 p.m.
Where: Antelope Valley College, Football Field Parking Lot, 3041 West Avenue K, Lancaster

Registration is due by August 29. To register for the event, visit

There are many ways to participate:

  • Gentlemen can walk.
  • Ladies can walk or volunteer during the event.
  • Cheer on the walkers along from the sidelines.
  • Learn about valuable resources available from AVMC's community partners at informational booths.
  • Stay for the game. There will be a football game directly following the Walk A Mile event.
  • Enjoy something great to eat. Local vendors and food trucks will be ready to serve you.
  • Donate online or at the event. There will be a booth at the event for contributions or donations can be made online at

About Antelope Valley Medical Center

Celebrating 60 years of caring for the community, Antelope Valley Medical Center is located in the city of Lancaster in northern Los Angeles County. The 420-bed district hospital is a Level II trauma center and provides a full array of medical/surgical services, pediatric treatment, NICU, mental health, cancer care and more. More information is available at or by calling 661-949-5000.