Around 150 human beings grew to become out bundled up in opposition to the bloodless to Columbia Park in Park Hills on Saturday morning to participate in the Parkland Pregnancy Resource Center’s 2018 Walk For Life fundraiser.
The PRC, a pro-existence company located at 815 E. Main St. In Park Hills, is a Christian-based, non-profit middle for pregnant ladies and their families. The Walk For Life is one in every of two large annual fundraisers held by the middle.
People of all ages and from a variety of backgrounds take part in the walk to aid the PRC’s ministry to women and their households in St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Washington, Wayne, Reynolds, Iron and Madison counties.
One of the couples participating inside the stroll again this yr changed into Robert and Bobbie Jo Brock of Irondale, who got here to the park along with their small children.
“We participated in the walk for the first time around three years ago,” Brock said. “I definitely like what PRC is doing … How they provide unfastened resources to anyone. I assume they assist quite a few households, no longer just single moms, however also fathers. They have instructions that may help the entire circle of relatives.”
While Bobbie Jo admitted it became pretty cold outdoor, she said it wouldn’t have stopped her from participating inside the Walk For Life.
“Because life is important,” she stated. “Supporting that and standing up for its miles crucial.”
Ken Little, a husband of PRC Director of Development Amanda Little, became ready with his wife’s mother, Bobbie Mann, to participate in his first-ever Walk For Life.
“I’ve not been able to try this earlier than because I’m commonly touring for paintings, but I’m here this time,” he said. “The important component for me approximately being right here is rescuing toddlers. I assume my spouse’s a superhero. She saves babies each day due to the fact that’s what she does for work. I just suppose that she’s excellent and I want to provide her all the assist I can.”
Mann said that, besides Amanda Little being her daughter, she participates inside the Walk For Life to increase the public attention of the PRC.
“So many humans don’t recognize approximately it and what they do in saving the infants’ lives,” she stated. “I don’t assume people clearly apprehend what important paintings it does.”
Kevin Boatright of Farmington is a veteran of Walk For Life and isn’t always shy in explaining why.
“I’m an incredibly seasoned-lifestyles man or woman and experience what the PRC stands for and the entirety that it does,” he said. “My spouse may be very actively involved with the PRC and she is always my encouragement. The cold didn’t prevent us — not at all.”
Jim Gillespie, of Doe Run, finds participating inside the Walk For Life to be enjoyable.
“It’s simply extremely good to be coming together for a not unusual and excellent purpose, that is pro-life,” he said. “I suppose PRC is a terrific organization. My wife, Linda, and I are involved in PRC in a large number of approaches. Every threat we get we help in any manner that we are able to.”
Linda Gillespie defined that there are some of the approaches she and her husband help out the PRC for the duration of the yr.
“We participate inside the Walk For Life and the banquet, amongst other things,” she stated. “These young ladies have support to carry their toddlers to term, preserve them or supply them up for adoption. It’s an exceptionally useful resource for them to have.”
Sarah Wilson of Park Hills, a PRC board member, turned into on the brink of participating inside the walk alongside her 6-12 months-antique daughter, Katie.
“This is our sixth 12 months,” Wilson stated. “Even if I weren’t a board member we would be right here regardless due to the fact we need to guide the PRC for the wonderful impact it has on our network.”
Asked what she and Katie concept of the climate, Wilson stated, “I think that is the coldest stroll I’ve been to, however, it’s no longer raining so I’ll take it!”
PRC Executive Director Becky Laubinger knows simply the seasoned-existence agency she leads makes a high-quality distinction within the network.
“Along with affected person and purchaser visits, we offer healthful dating training for about 1,000 college students,” she said. “In addition to lessons and appointments, we provide households with diapers, wipes, infant clothes, highchairs, strollers, and further baby and mom-care gadgets.
“We also offer unfastened being pregnant assessments, confined Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) trying out, and primary trimester ultrasounds. All of these applications and offerings are definitely unfastened to the patients and customers. Our purpose for the stroll this year is to elevate finances so that it will permit us to provide all of these programs and services to households inside the Parkland.”
According to PPRC Director of Development Amanda Little, the stroll turned out to be any other successful fundraiser with a robust turnout in spite of the cooler and damp weather.
“This 12 months’ Walk For Life changed into super,” she stated. “It grew to become out perfect. The weather becomes a little bloodless, yet I turned into amazed to see how many people had been there and walked. We had been especially proud of the First Baptist Church Desloge Youth Group who, for the 0.33 12 months in a row, had the most walkers come out and participate.
“I want to thank everyone who got here out and took part, as well as our sponsors that helped make all of it viable. This became my second walk as the director of improvement and I felt plenty more cozy in getting the whole thing collectively, and with the help of our volunteers, making the Walk For Life appear.”
Little brought that the employer continues to be counting the cash raised at the event and are waiting for the extra budget to are available over the coming days.