When To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA) started the Washburn University Chapter last spring, only a handful of students attended the meetings. Now during weekly meetings, the group has quadrupled and has planned a variety of activities for the campus and the greater Topeka community.

Most recently Kari Wold and Molly Walter, TWLOHA co-presidents and Washburn Psychology majors, have been hard at work organizing the Washburn University Love Moves 5k Run/Walk. This fun run takes place next Saturday, February 16th, beginning at Lee Arena, on Washburn’s campus. Although pre-registration is closed, you can register for $20 the day of the run starting at 8:15 am, with the start-time at 9 am. Following the run, hang out for a small raffle, hot chocolate, coffee, and snacks! There will be prizes for the top three finishers.

The Love Moves 5k supports the local TWLOHA WU chapter as well as the National group. Kari and Molly beautifully explain that the purpose of TWLOHA: “We want to remind people that no matter what they are experiencing in their lives, they are not alone. There are others to live life with, they don’t need to struggle on their own. Whether it be mental health related or just in general with everyday transitions and occurrences. Especially with us being a university chapter, we want to reach out and remind college students that we realize that this change can be difficult but can also be beautiful and is an experience we want others to treasure. It is important in general because we’ve all struggled and been “stuck” in places where we feel isolated and alone, and we want others to know that they don’t have to be stuck permanently.”

While Kari and Molly stay busy with the WU Chapter, they would love to expand TWLOHA further into the community, specifically into the local high schools. For more information on the Love Moves 5k or on TWLOHA and how you can get involved, check out the Washburn Chapter’s  Facebook page or their website. The Co-Presidents concluded our chat by explaining, “We want others who may not have struggled to understand that struggles for others are very real and that we have to be a community and help one another.”

[ Story by Sarah Peterson Herr | Image submitted ]

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