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Jaycee Dugard founded the JAYC Foundation to help families dealing with traumatic events. , who was kidnapped walking to her school bus stop as an 11-year-old and was reunited with her family 18 years later, will speak at the annual Spirit of Central Washington Community Breakfast on Sept. 9.

Jaycee Dugard, who was kidnapped as she walked to her school bus stop and survived nearly two decades of physical and emotional abuse, will speak at United Way of Central Washington’s annual community breakfast.

It will take place from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Sept. 9 at the Yakima Convention Center, 10 N. Eighth St. The program begins at 7:30 a.m.

Tickets cost $60 for early registration through Friday; after that they cost $65. Table sponsorships are available. Register at www.uwcw.org/spiritbreakfast. For more information, call 509-248-1557 or email events@uwcw.org.

Dugard was 11 when she was kidnapped by two strangers in her hometown of Lake Tahoe in 1991. Eighteen years after she was taken, in 2009, she was finally reunited with her mother and family.

Dugard is the author of two New York Times best-sellers, “A Stolen Life: A Memoir” (2011) and “Freedom: My Book of Firsts” (2016).

She also began the JAYC Foundation, which stands for “Just Ask Yourself To Care.” The organization connects families to support and services they need in order to recover from the abduction of a family member or other traumatic events, its website notes. Through education programs, reunification programs, traditional therapy, equine therapy and more, treatment is created specifically for each set of unique circumstances.

Along with abduction victims, the JAYC Foundation works with bullying victims, soldiers returning from military deployment, police officers, victims of natural disasters and any others who seek help from traumatic experiences.