United Way of Central Washington is please to present Jaycee Dugard as this year's keynote speaker for the annual Spirit of Central Washington Community Breakfast.
In 1991, Jaycee Dugard was kidnapped by two strangers from a bus stop in her hometown of Lake Tahoe. She survived years of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of her two assailants. She was finally reunited with her family in 2009, eighteen years after she was taken.
Jaycee is no the author of two New York Times Best Sellers, A Stolen Life: A Memoir (2001) and Freedom: My Book of Firsts (2016).
Jaycee also began the JAYC Foundation, which stands for Just Ask Yourself to Care. They believe that by empowering the whole family, you will heal the central victim. Through education programs, reunification programs, traditional therapy, equine therapy and many others, a treatment program is created specifically for each set of unique circumstances. The JAYC Foundation works with abduction victims as well as bullying victims, soldiers returning from deployment, police officers, victims of natural disasters and any others who seek help from traumatic experiences.