The Greenway along Mouse Creek had a blue glow Thursday evening as CASA of Bradley County held its annual Melisha Gibson Light of Hope Moonlight Walk.
Several hundred participated, according to CASA Executive Director Suzanne Wisdom.
“This was our fourth year,” Wisdom said.
Wisdom recalled it was just a few years ago that Bradley County didn’t even have an advocacy system in place for children of abusive homes.
She said she couldn’t sleep one night and was wondering why.
“I made a few phone calls, sent a few emails and had a few meetings. Today, CASA of Bradley County has seven employees, and over 20 volunteers who represent the best interest of almost 200 abused and neglected children in Bradley and Polk County,” she explained.
A board of directors was established and CASA of Bradley County was in the business of helping children.
That was just four years ago … later that year, the Light of Hope Moonlight Walk was organized and it has now become a premier event for CASA of Bradley County, honoring the memory of 4-year old Melisha Gibson, and remembering the tragic story of her death at the hands of her stepfather and mother.
“We set aside one night every year to remember this little girl, who didn’t have a voice. It reminds us why we work so hard, and it also reminds us what a big difference you can make if we just make an effort,” Wisdom said.
“This day is for you, Melisha Morganna Gibson.”
Community, church, civic and government organizations participated in the walk Thursday.
CASA of Bradley and CASA of Polk, which is under the umbrella of Ocoee Regional Family Advocates, is always in need of CASAs, Court Appointed Special Advocates for children.
Training is provided to those who wish to join and be a case agent for a child in need of representation in the court systems.
For additional information, contact CASA of Bradley County at 716-1844, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the CASA of Bradley County Facebook page.