The Love of Cody means protection for all children

(Gillette, Wyo.) Melissa Hicks' son Cody is doing well now, but four years ago his life was in serious jeopardy. Cody was suffers the effects of Shaken Baby Syndrome, from being violently slammed around in his bassinet at the age of five weeks. Melissa is now actively involved with the Gillette Abuse Refuge Foundation, and formed For The Love of Cody Walk in 2013. Each year the group walks to raise awareness of Shaken Baby Syndrome and child abuse. Today's walk started in front of the County Courthouse and took a group of dozens of supporters to Lasting Legacy Park. Before the walk started, Melissa spoke to the group about what constitutes child abuse, and its impact on the entire community. "In 2001, Prevent Child Abuse America released a report estimating that the United States spends $258 million each day as a direct or indirect result of child abuse and neglect," she said. "The actual cost of child maltreatment in the U.S. could be higher than the estimated $94 billion per year." Participants carried signs and wore royal blue to show support of children affected by abuse. They took a moment of silence before the walk started to observe those still suffering from abuse today. "If you suspect child abuse, report it," she told the crowd. "And keep reporting it, until something is done." You can contact the Department of Family Services or local law enforcement for help. If you'd like to donate to For The Love of Cody, contact Melissa at the GARF office at 307-686-8071, or follow them on Facebook . #county17 #news