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In this April 19, 2015, file photo, rain falls at the start of the Taking Steps to End Child Abuse 5K Run/1 Mile Walk in memory of domestic violence victims Jack and Duncan Leichtenberg at Tipton Trails, Bloomington. Nearly 150 people participated in the event to raise money for the Children's Home & Aid's Family Visitation Center. This year's annual event begins 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Fairview Park in Normal.

NORMAL — A center that provides a safe, neutral, child-friendly environment for supervised child visitations and child exchanges for families when there is an active order of protection in place will benefit from a community event this weekend.

The annual Taking Steps to End Child Abuse Run/Walk will be Saturday at Fairview Park in Normal.

Proceeds will benefit the Family Visitation Center at Children's Home & Aid, 403 S. State St., Bloomington. The center, the only one of its kind in McLean County, served 13 children with 199 supervised visits in the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2018, said Jeannie Higdon, Children's Home & Aid family support clinical supervisor.

The annual event is in memory of Duncan and Jack Leichtenberg of LeRoy. Duncan was age 9 and Jack was 7 when they were killed by their father, who later died by suicide, after he failed to return them to their mother, Amy Leichtenberg, following a visit in 2009.

The event begins with check-in from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m., balloon release at 10 a.m., 1-mile walk at 10:15 a.m. and 5-kilometer color run at 10:30 a.m.

Registration is $40 for teens and adults and $10 for children ages 6 through 12. Children 5 and under are free and strollers and dogs are welcome.

Register at www.childrenshomeandaid.org under the Events tab.

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Contact Paul Swiech at (309) 820-3275. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_swiech

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