Walk for Life benefits Pregnancy Resource Center
Families and children of all ages are invited to the Pregnancy Resource Center's annual Walk for Life May 12 at Elmer Thomas Park, 501 NW Ferris.
The Walk for Life serves as one of two fundraisers the center hosts annually, and proceeds will benefit the services provided free of charge to the community at the Pregnancy Resource Center (PRC), 319 SW C.
Sign-up on walk day begins at 8:30 a.m., and the two-mile walk will start at 9 a.m. and end around 10 a.m. There is no fee to register, but donations are accepted. To pre-register, visit http://prclawton.org.
Walkers who raise $200 in donations will be given a free T-shirt on the day of the walk. Anyone may purchase a T-shirt at the walk itself. The cost is $15 for this year's T-shirt and $1 for a "vintage T-shirt" from past walks.
LeAnne Prochniak, an assistant at the PRC, said this year's goal is to raise $50,000. Last year, the walk took in just over $33,000.
"This year, it already looks like we're going to increase that number," she said. "We're pretty excited."
Financial donations will go toward free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds and the "Earn While You Learn" program, which is open to anyone who has or who is expecting a child.
Prochniak said participants earn points by watching educational parenting videos, and they exchange their accumulated points for diapers and clothes, which community members donate.
On a regular basis, the PRC provides free services to 15 to 20 clients, whose identities remain confidential, Prochniak said. Occasionally, over 30 clients visit the center in one week.
"We're really here to show them God's love and let them know they aren't alone," she said. "This isn't a place of judgment. We want to help them with the challenges they're having in life. Some come not knowing if they're pregnant and not sure what they'll do if they are."
To Prochniak, the Walk for Life is an outward display of her inward beliefs.
"Honestly, I'm pro-life. I believe that life is precious, so that drives me," she said. "Personally, I could have used the resources myself from the PRC when I was younger."