Walk for Life

Photo by Ange Hamilton
Pregnancy Resource Center of South Central Missouri walkers begin the organization’s first Walk for Life.

By Ange Hamilton
Staff Reporter

  The Pregnancy Resource Center of South Central Missouri held its first Walk for Life Saturday. Registration started at 9 a.m. and the walk began at 10 a.m. with approximately 21 walkers.  The walk took place at Emmett Kelley Park in Houston, with the participants encouraged to complete four laps around a figure eight track, equaling two miles.
  At 10 a.m. Debra Stockard, Executive Director, welcomed everyone by giving a quick description of the course along with their course options. Board President George Hooker said a word of prayer before the walkers made their way to the starting point. It was a perfect day for walking, with the sun shining brightly and the air temperature optimal for the walkers to start walking along the path. Along the walkway were little signs giving facts pertaining to developing fetuses, adding an informational component to the activity.

Photo by Ange Hamilton
Ring toss was manned by Sterling Jackson and Delbert Jackson. 
Taylor Medlock and Janessa Foster Riley Rodts compete
 to win a bottle of grape soda.  
  The walk had stations for children to play games. Each game required a ticket to play. You could purchase tickets for a nominal fee or receive them free at the completion of a lap. One game required you toss a ring over the top of a two-liter soda; if you succeeded you won the bottle. There were many other games and activities, as well as food and drinks, available during the event.
  Casey's General Store donated eight coupons for free large pizzas and each participant placed a ticket in the drawing. The winners were Micah Manion, Stone Jackson, Kaitlyn Garnica, Haley Godi, Cheryl Therman, Sarah Heathman, Audrey Berry and Jessica Yonkers. Phoenix Theater donated movie tickets for prizes as well.
Estella Rea Boothe won the cutest baby contest that was being held as part of the event.  
  Kathy Hooker estimated proceeds at over $3000. Debra Stockard said, " We appreciate everyone coming out to support our cause. Your giving allows the Pregnancy Resource Center of South Central Missouri to give to others."



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