Jennifer (Jenny) Heeren was a 29-year old Grand Rapids resident who lost her life to domestic violence. On July 7, 2011, just three days after she fled her abusive husband, Rodrick Dantzler, Dantzler shot and killed Jenny, their daughter, Kamrie, Jennifer’s parents, Tom and Rebecca, and three other individuals.
Following this tragic event, the family of the Heerens chose Safe Haven Ministries as a recipient of memorial donations, and expressed their desire to help end the epidemic of domestic violence in our community.
As part of that desire, the Heeren family partnered with Safe Haven Ministries, and in May of 2012, began the first Running For Jenny team.
Continuing the tradition, family, friends, and community members unite annually as the Running For Jenny team, and participate in the River Bank Run in an effort to raise awareness and funds to prevent domestic violence.