I love success stories. Here’s one:
It started out a little drizzly, but raindrops didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of 220 walkers who took part in the Women’s Pregnancy Center’s Walk for Life last Saturday (May 22) in downtown Grand Forks. You may recall reading about this event after it was posted here on May 11.
If you don’t recall, let me refresh your memory: WPC is a nonprofit Christian ministry and medical clinic now in its 23rd year. In 2009, it offered free-of-charge services to 400 young women who suspected they were pregnant.
If girls are pregnant, WPC’s goal is to educate them on their options. If it turns out they are not pregnant, WPC hopes to educate them on the issues of sexual health and abstinence. WPC has an excellent opportunity to make a difference in the life of a young teen and hopefully cause them to pause and reconsider whether it’s a wise choice to be sexually active.
I had to be out of town last Saturday, but the walk is something I would have taken part in if I’d been here. It’s one of only two yearly major fund-raisers for WPC.
This morning Lorraine Helgeson, director of WPC, told me more than $19,000 was raised during the walk and that pledges continue to come in.
“People really seemed to enjoy being out together on a Saturday morning,” Lorraine said, “and standing up for those who do not have a voice. Mayor Michael Brown shared a great message of hope and healing that can be found at WPC and how important Sanctity of Life is.”
For that, I take my hat off to Mayor Brown who has delivered more babies than he can count. I believe he has a photo of every single one of them up in Altru Clinic.
Lorraine also tells me WPC, its full-time and part-time staff, already anticipate an even bigger Walk for Life next year.
“We have reserved Town Square for Saturday, May 21 (2011) for the day and are hoping to have vendors and a live band again,” Lorraine said. “We want families and individuals to come out and spend the day together in honoring life.”
Life – it’s a beautiful thing to honor!