The Pregnancy Care Center’s 23rd annual Walk For Life is scheduled to step off Sept. 21 at Englewood Park.
The Walk For Life is the Pregnancy Care Center’s primary fundraiser that helps the center provide free and confidential services that promote maternal health and child well-being to some of the most vulnerable families in the community. Last year, the center served 491 women, men and children resulting in 1,772 client visits. Among the people helped, 64 percent were under 25 years old, 24 percent were teenagers and 77 percent were single. Forty-seven limited ultrasounds were performed and 243 STD/HIV tests were administered.
“Even in difficult economic times, our supporters have recognized the value of this ministry and allowed the center to continue providing over 15 free life-changing, life-saving services in our community,” said Pregnancy Care Center Executive Director Kay F. Gurganus. “If you have not joined the PCC at a Walk, please consider making this year the first of many – and encourage your church, your family and your friends to participate.”
Walk participants who raise $100 or more in pledges are eligible to receive a free WFL shirt. Those who raise $150 in pledges also will receive a “Precious Feet” lapel pin, which is identical in size to an unborn baby’s feet at ten weeks. Participants with pledges and contributions of $200 or more are eligible for prizes donated by local businesses. Children and teens who have the most sponsors and the most pledges also are eligible for prizes.
The fundraising goal for this year’s Walk for Life is $110,000.
“One third of the center’s operating budget relies on the success of the Walk,” said Richard Laney, chairman of the Pregnancy Care Center Board of Directors. “Our supporters have always risen to this fundraiser challenge, and I expect they will again this year”
The Walk For Life gives everyone who cares about unborn children, their mothers and their families the opportunity to help in a practical way, Gurganus said. Funds raised during he Walk for Life are used to provide a variety of free services, including pregnancy tests, limited ultrasounds, HIV and syphilis testing, STD screenings for chlamydia and gonorrhea, abstinence counseling, factual information on pregnancy, adoption, abortion risks and procedures.
“The real rewards for walking are the lives you will be saving and helping through this ministry,” Gurganus said.