PLEASANT GROVE, Utah, Nov. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- During her sophomore year of high school, Adrienne Drgac and her classmates were assigned a project that required them to learn about slavery in the diamond, chocolate, and fish industries. It wasn't until one classmate's mother came to speak to the class that Adrienne got a sense for how serious this problem really is. After this visit from their classmate's mother, the class soon got involved with the Touch a Life organization, a group dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating children who are victims of slavery, who experience everything from infections and disease, to emotional scarring.
As the students learned about the work of Touch a Life and the tragedy of children caught in trafficking, Adrienne's sophomore class felt motivated to take action. The class decided to sponsor a child through Touch a Life, providing him with shelter, clothing, food, medical care, and more. As the class began sponsoring a boy named Francis, they came up with a creative fundraising idea that would allow them to continue the sponsorship. Adrienne was a co-leader for the fundraiser, as the students held a city-wide event in Abilene, Texas called the Francis 5K, a community race designed to raise money for Francis. Not only does Touch a Life seek to rescue children from forced labor, but they are heavily involved in rehabilitating the children once they are rescued. As a result of forced labor, many of these children have been neglected and abused. Poor living conditions and lack of medical care can lead to infections and disease, so Touch a Life offers medical and mental assessments to insure that all infections, diseases, and even mental disorders are addressed.