(CMR) A woman who was attacked during an early morning run has embarked on a mission to raise funds for the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre. Oddy Grullon is doing so by participating in the Walkers Cayman Islands Marathon.
Grullon recalled enjoying one of her many early morning runs on 3rd January when she was unexpectedly attacked by a man on bicycle.
“I was fortunate that I was able to fight back and fight him off. The bruises, scratches and cuts on my face, neck and other parts of my body did not stop me from speaking out and putting my face and name in the spotlight in order to raise awareness in the community, all because I did not want this to happen to any other female,” she stated
“I am raising money for the Crisis Center Cayman Islands, which I feel is the most closely aligned to the issues I faced,” Grullon, who shared her experience said.
Her challenge is to run four marathons in four months from September to December 2022.
“Nightmares, lack of sleep, safety fears and pain from a leg fracture sustained in the attack did not stop me returning to my runs, but it has been a long, slow road back to health and fitness. Running reminds me that I am strong, and that despite challenges, I can prevail so that is why I put a challenge together to remind myself that I could not get stuck in the dark and that I needed to come back to my life and come back stronger,” Grullon stated on Race Roster.
“Through my story and my example, I want to raise awareness in other women and empower them to overcome the challenges they have already experienced or may yet face, this is a challenge to generate awareness, while inspiring strength, endurance, bravery and resolve in other women,” she added.
Her attacker, Ruperth Hodgson Ingram, who pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm, was sentenced to 25 months in prison earlier this week. He is expected to be deported after serving his sentence.