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4 women skating across country on a mission

States on Skates began cross-country journey on Thursday

Beth Richter, Gracie Cole, Brenna Eaker & Kim Bouldin
Beth Richter, Gracie Cole, Brenna Eaker & Kim Bouldin (WKMG-TV image)

ORLANDO, Fla. – An amazing group of roller derby athletes began a 78-day journey from Cocoa Beach to Santa Monica, California, on Thursday.

Skaters Gracie Cole, Kim Bouldin, Beth Richter and Brenna Eaker are athletes on a mission to raise awareness and funds for the Joyful Heart Foundation, a non-profit organization working to heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse.

The skating journey hopes to average 40 miles each day. They will cross eight states and skate over 2,800 miles. Besides awareness, the girls are trying to raise $50,000 for the cause. They will be representing the "NO MORE" campaign, a transformative initiative to unite our entire society around the simple message that together we can end domestic violence and sexual assault.

To maximize their impact, they aim to connect with over thirty fellow roller derby leagues, and will be in close communication with local domestic violence advocacy groups and media outlets.

To donate: StatesOnSkates.com | Online: Follow the skaters