Child abuse awareness walk in Beatrice

By: Channel 8 Newsroom

April is child abuse awareness month, and those affected organized a walk to be a voice for the most vulnerable.

“We never imagined anything like this would ever happen in our family. But it does. It's something that no one expects and when it does, it affects your whole life,” Nicki Spilker, Beatrice, said.

Spilker's niece, Kiera, was shaken by a relative when she was just three months old. 

She's in a wheel chair and not able to eat solid food. Spilker says she's walking to be Kiera's voice since she doesn't have one.

Organizers of the walk say they want to break the silence and make child abuse prevention a priority.

“It is our business. It's everyone's business to report abuse because the cycle doesn't end unless we want it to stop,” Lisa Cerveny, organizer of the walk, said.

“We like to focus on the positives with Kiera and what she can do and what she's accomplished so far,” Spilker said.

The walk is Saturday in Beatrice from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Meet in front of the courthouse.

Organizers ask that you wear red or blue.