Join us on June 7-9th for Wear Orange, as we unite in our call to end gun violence and honor the more than 120 people who are shot and killed, and hundreds more who are wounded and traumatized, every day in our country. Read some of the stories of those affected by gun violence below.

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Sydney Marshall

I am 23 years old. I am lucky to be alive. On June 24, 2017, I attended a birthday party. We were all sitting in the back, on a deck. A few of my friends hadn’t shown yet, and some left to go to the gas station. Ironically, they asked if I wanted to come with. I didn’t; I stayed.

I sat on my then boyfriend’s lap, and we were all sitting there, talking. The back deck was raised above the ground and was covered around the back with a curtain. We couldn’t see out into the backyard, but at about 11 p.m., gunshots filled the air. When I first heard them, I didn’t know I was being hit. I was pushed to the ground, but it was already too late: I had been shot four times. I spent a week in the hospital, and I still have complete mobility. I thank God for this. It is still hard to cope to this day, but I am so very thankful to be where I am now.

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