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Hundreds will gather September 28 to support life

Above Photo: 5K Walk/Run 4 Life in Live Oak from a previous year.
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“Grace,” the newly added mobile unit shown above with PCC staff/volunteers. -Photo: Submitted

By Tami Stevenson

Each year, normally in September, hundreds of walkers, joggers and runners gather to support life and raise funds for the Pregnancy Care Center (PCC), a local pro-life, non-profit organization, with locations in Lake City, Live Oak, Jasper and a recently added mobile unit that can basically go anywhere. This year the event will be held on September 28, 2019 in two locations, one in Live Oak at the First Federal Sportsplex, located at at 1201 Silas Drive in Live Oak and the Lake City location will be held at the Darby Pavilion at Wilson Park on Lake DeSoto. The theme this year is “A baby is a person no matter how small.”

They have t-shirts, grey, black or red, that reflect the theme of the walk/run, and can be picked up for a $25 sponsorship or donation. It is a t-shirt that can be worn all year around. Many businesses that sponsor a team of employees, for example, wear them for events throughout the year.

Donna Sandage, Executive Director, commented, “We are so excited about the walk this year, being able to stand up for life.” They will be registering participants at 8 a.m. and start the walk/run at 9 a.m.

Sandage explained this is the third year for the Toddler Trot, which has grown each year and will be held at both the Lake City and Live Oak events. The Toddler Trot, ages 4 and under is free, and the Kid’s Fun Run, ages 5-8, is also free. “The kids love it but the parents and grandparents really love it, so many photo opportunities,” she added, and ribbons will be awarded.

Their main message is they are standing up for life. “We believe God created life and this is our opportunity (and the communities) to stand up and say yes, we support life and the Pregnancy Care Center.”

They are very excited about their new mobile unit just put into operation in August. This is a mobile pregnancy care center that offers the same services as an office visit. She explained the mobile center is equipped with everything just like the center, they have pregnancy tests, ultra sound, counseling and parenting classes. “Everything we have in our center we also offer in our mobile. The only difference is at the center we can do more than one at

a time, with the mobile center we only take one a time.”
These are free services and walk ins are welcome. The mobile unit, named “Grace,” will set up in the community where they can be easily found. In Lake Butler, for instance, they usually set up in the city park where they have their market on Saturdays. In Mayo they park across the street from the city park. In Branford they are there several times during the month at the Catholic Church one day and at a business that has an empty parking lot another day. “….So wherever we can find that is visible to the people and they will let us set up.

The people can walk in and get free pregnancy tests, ultrasound and counseling. Everything is free.” She added they have been very welcomed in these communities. “We just set up and let the Lord send the people He wants to get an ultrasound or whatever they need.” She hopes the people from these communities will come out for the walk/run as well.

It is always fun to have businesses and churches get involved and get teams together for the walk/run and even families – and there is still time to get sponsors.

“Come out as a team and walk for life. The greatest thing you can do is at least have $25 and you will get a t-shirt you can wear throughout the year when you have events, all look alike for your church, family or business. And support the right to life.” They offer prizes for the different age groups that raise the most money.

“It’s an exciting, fun day. Come out and walk for life, enjoy food, fun, fellowship and exercise!”

Sandage wanted to add that they have quite a number of people that cannot walk or run but they come out and support them. “Anyone can come and sit with a lawn chair and cheer us on! It’s all about life. Strollers, wheelchairs, pets, all are welcome. We are all about it.”

Be sure to stay after the event for the awards presentations, lunch, prize drawings, music and family activities.

The Pregnancy Care Center is one of the few non-profit organizations that is not government funded. All of their funding comes through the total support from individuals, businesses and local communities and has been that way since 1985. The center has grown through the years from their first location in Lake City to locations in Live Oak and Jasper and now a mobile unit. The Walk/Run For Life event is their largest fundraiser of the year and most vital for the organization and the right to life for those that do not yet have a voice.