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U-93's Roofsit raises money and awareness for child abuse prevention

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It's a week long event called Roofsit.

The goal is to raise money and awareness for child abuse prevention.

U93's annual event is underway right now and the cause hits close to home for many in Michiana.

"I don't want another kid to hurt like Austin's had to hurt or like our family's had to hurt, it's not an experience anybody should have to go through," says South Bend firefighter Brian Replogle.

Replogle knows about child abuse.  His adopted son Austin was a victim of it. 

"He spent two and a half weeks in a coma at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, he spent the better part of five months in the hospital in Indianapolis," says Replogle.

Thirteen years after the abuse, the affects remain.

"He's now 15 years old, he literally only has half his brain function, the entire right side of his brain is dead from the abuse he sustained," says Replogle.

The goal of U93's roofsit is to help kids like Austin.

"It's 17 years of helping the community, it's basically our effort to give back to the community and make sure that every child within our community has a healthy and safe childhood," says Rob Sparks with U-93.

Alisha Bolin with U-93 says, "The fact that one community comes together as a whole to so wholly embrace children and try to get the message of child abuse prevention out is so incredible to me."

The week long event takes place at Heritage Square.  The goal is to raise 100 thousand dollars.

"If you only have 11 cents in your pocket when you walk by, toss it in, that helps, every bit donated will help change the life of a child in our community," says Sparks.

Replogle says, "The awareness and education again, getting to the people out there that need education, the need to be reminded that child abuse is not appropriate, it's not a proper way to discipline your child, that it's not an appropriate way to raise a family, that's the most important thing in my mind."

If you'd like to donate, visit, www.roofsit.org

Coming up this Thursday, FOX 28's Tom Powell will co-host the event.

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