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DULUTH - In just four days, Northlanders will lace up their tennis shoes and hit the pavement to put an end to domestic violence.
The second annual walk and run stems from the death of Kay Marie Sisto, a Duluth woman who fell victim to violence from her husband.
"It actually seems like it happened yesterday. I mean, honestly, because I remember the situation vividly,” Kay’s son, Jordan Peterson, said.
In May 2010, a controlling husband shot and kills his wife Kay before turning the gun on himself.
The act of violence shocked the community and Kay's loving family.
But today, Kay's 22-year-old son Jordan is keeping his mom's spirit alive through her dreams for him.
“That was one of her goals that she wanted me to do was be a doctor and I'm definitely going to see that through to the end and make sure it happens,” Jordan said.
Between studying, hanging with friends, and taking on new hobbies like hockey, Jordan is slowly putting the past behind him, while remembering his mother through her passion of gardening.
"This is our way of coping with it. So, a lot of people come out here and pray or do something to kind of help them,” Jordan said.
Support will also be given through the Kay Marie Sisto Walk and Run put on by Duluth's Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs, May 20.
"With every step that we take on the walk, every time we pound the pavement if we're running, that we are saying 'Violence is wrong, we're here to stand up for the victims, and we're here to see this community end violence against women,'” Linda Riddle, Executive Director with the Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs said.
"Actually this race helps me cope with her loss and it brings our family closer together,” Jordan said.
It also gives women hope and courage to come forward before it's too late, like for Kay.
"She's always going to be in our hearts,” Jordan said.