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9-year-old walks in heels to raise awareness for domestic violence

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Joseph and his mother meet Mayor Lydia Mihalik to ask if she'll sponsor him, as he runs a mile in high heels for Findlay Open Arms "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes." Joseph and his mother meet Mayor Lydia Mihalik to ask if she'll sponsor him, as he runs a mile in high heels for Findlay Open Arms "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes."
The event showcases men walking in high heels to raise money and awareness for domestic and sexual violence. The event showcases men walking in high heels to raise money and awareness for domestic and sexual violence.
FINDLAY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

It's not very often you see men walking around in high heels, but they'll be doing that in Findlay next week to bring awareness to domestic violence. The leader of the pack is a small boy on a big mission.

A 9-year-old boy in heels has a big challenge for the mayor of Findlay. Strapping on his mom's highest heels, Joseph wobbled his way straight to the mayor's office Wednesday morning.

He doesn't usually dress up in heels before school, but it was a special occasion. Joseph met Mayor Lydia Mihalik to ask her face to face to sponsor him, as he runs a mile in heels next Saturday.

"I am going to raise money for boys and girls so they don't get abused," Joseph explained.

For the past five years, Joseph has been a part of Findlay's Open Arms "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes." It's an event where men set aside their masculinity -- and comfort -- for a day to walk a grueling mile in high heels, raising money and awareness for domestic and sexual violence.

"It is absolutely incredible to see the heart that he wears," said Mihalik.

Mihalik agreed to throw her support behind Joseph, even raising his goal from $400 to $1,000!

"This is his favorite thing to do out of the entire year," said Joseph's mother, Heidi Miller.

Heidi and Joseph got involved with the event years ago, after reaching out to Open Arms when they were suffering from domestic abuse.

"We went there for counseling and some other services for Joseph and myself. We've come out on top," said Miller.

"Unfortunately, he's had experiences that have really, kind of shaped the way that he feels. I think it's absolutely incredible for him to raise money for such a worthy cause, for Open Arms," said Mihalik.

Joseph has been practicing, strutting in stilettos for weeks now. He hopes to bring home another winning trophy.

"I hope I get in first place my fourth time," Joseph said.

Risking bunions, blisters, and of course, his balance, you can find Joseph at the starting line on April 26 at Riverside Park. His mom will be cheering him along the way.

"It's wonderful. I'm very proud of him. I couldn't ask for a better kid," said Miller.

Learn more about Open Arms and "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes."

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