CLEVELAND - Cleveland Cavaliers Coach Mike Brown did something Friday night that he's never done before. He squeezed his size sixteen feet into a pair of gold, high-heeled women's shoes.
He even walked a few feet in those shoes, but at a snail's pace. Coach Brown was actually among many men taking part in the inaugural "Walk A Mile In Her Shoes" event in downtown Cleveland. The event aims to raise awareness about violence against women.
"This is what life is about, trying to bring awareness and help others, especially in a time of need," Brown said.
Violence affects one in four women in their lifetime, according to Lori Butterfield of the Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center, host of the walk. The agency's Tim Boehnlein said, "Help is available. No matter what situation they are in, help is available."
Violence victim Laura Cowan said the involvement of men in the fight against domestic violence is critical. "Finally, we are bringing men into the picture and it is a blessing to see, men supporting us.
One walker, Craig Healey, said his shoes were so uncomforable that he doubted he would finish the one mile walk.
But organizers placed the focus on awareness. And thanks to some caring men, their mission was a success.