Annual Beauty and the Beach Run for Women will feature runners and walkers in support of educating girls on the dangers of this preventable illness.

Aslan Youth to Partner with Don’t Shock Me Foundation to Raise Awareness on Menstrual Toxic Shock Syndrome

Sandy Hook, NJ – Aslan Youth Ministries will host its annual Beauty and the Beach Run for Women to be held on Saturday, September 23, 2023, at 8:30 am. Every year Aslan Youth Ministries hosts a race along the New Jersey shore where hundreds of women walk or run, with official timing, to help raise funds for Aslan’s educational after school and summer camp programs for the youth of Monmouth County, NJ.

This year Aslan has partnered with Don’t Shock Me Foundation with a mission to educate girls and women on the threat of Menstrual Toxic Shock Syndrome (mTSS) due to tampon use and lack of education regarding the associated risks, dangers, signs, and symptoms of this serious and preventable illness.  The foundation has been making a difference worldwide from speaking engagements and articles in international publications, to working with legislators creating bills that change women’s healthcare.

“The foundation has worked hard to empower women with the necessary, life-saving educational materials to help prevent complications and needless deaths from mTSS,” states Dawn Massabni, Founder/President, Don’t Shock Me Foundation. Dawn continues, “we want to extend our reach and raise awareness in the Monmouth County community.”

Beauty and the Beach is Aslan’s premier fundraiser held at a location along the New Jersey Shore and host hundreds of women runners or walkers.  For years it was held at Long Branch Pier Village and after the pandemic the race was moved to the Sandy Hook Beach area in Highlands, NJ.  The race features several choices for registrants including a 5-mile or 5K run or walk.

“Each year we get many compliments on the beautiful views of the race, but the most important part of this event is Aslan’s opportunity to partner with organizations like Don’t Shock Me Foundation that compliments the services we provide our families and children. The women who participate in the race receive an official time for their running careers in addition to having fun and supporting the work that we do,” state S. Craig Bogard, Executive Director of Aslan Youth Ministries. Craig continues “the race may only be a few miles, but the money we raise through donors and sponsors is critical to continuing to provide the programming support our youth deserve and to partnering with other organizations that do good work in our community.”

At the race representatives and volunteers from Don’t Shock Me foundation will provide DSM Medical Information Cards that were also distributed at the Monmouth County Junior League Period Poverty Campaign. Also, both Dawn Massabni and Claire Cuje, Executive Director, will be part of the team participating in the race and will have people available to talk about Menstrual Toxic Shock.

For more information on where to register to participate please visit

About Don’t Shock Me Foundation:

The Madalyn “Maddy” Massabni Foundation for Toxic Shock Awareness was founded in honor of Maddy Massabni, who died on March 30, 2017, just 3 days after celebrating her 19th birthday. We have made it our life’s’ work to increase awareness of Menstrual Toxic Shock Syndrome through education and legislative advocacy to save lives.


About Aslan Youth Ministries: Aslan Youth Ministries is a nonprofit organization serving some of the most impoverished areas in Monmouth County, within Long Branch, Red Bank and Asbury Park, New Jersey.  Since 1975, Aslan has provided community development programs with a focus on the spiritual and educational development of each child that impact and empower at-risk youth.

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