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Running for the Unborn

Written By : Anna Maria Hoffman
September 3, 2013

by Anna Maria Hoffman 

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Yesterday, my sister Gabriella and I participated in the 4th annual 5K “Run for the Unborn” in Leesburg, VA. Through this event, we helped to raise money for a pro-life healthcare organization based in Fairfax, VA called Divine Mercy Care, along with its affiliate the Tepeyac Family Center, a pro-life OB/GYN practice. These organizations help poor pregnant women with their needs and encourage them to choose life for their unborn child by working with crisis pregnancy centers. During March 2013, Tepeyac Family Center saved54 babies from abortion.
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The 5K started on the grounds of Saint John the Apostle Catholic Church. Before the 5K started, Father Peffley, who also ran with us, led us in a beautiful prayer. 
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After we started the run near the church’s barn, we ran around the neighborhood nearby the church. On our way, there were markers on the ground depicting what develops at key stages of fetal development. Here’s an example of one of those precious markers:
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Also, the organizers of this wonderful event cleverly listed 20 weeks of pregnancy as the halfway mark of the 5K. After the 5K was finished, some of the participants, including my sister and I, took a tour of Saint John the Apostle Catholic Church.
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Gabriella and I are incredibly thankful for this opportunity to support these pro-life organizations. It was great participating in an event benefiting impoverished pregnant women, who need important resources to choose life for their unborn children and to fulfill the needs of their children after they are born. Life is truly a precious gift that everybody deserves to experience.If you live in Fairfax, consider helping out Divine Mercy Care and the Tepeyac Family Center with their selfless, loving services for pregnant women. If you don’t live in Fairfax, consider volunteering at or donating to your local crisis pregnancy center or pro-life OB/GYN. Also, consider hosting a pro-life 5K in your area if one doesn’t exist already.

One of the greatest joys we can experience as people is to help others through private means. One of the most selfless things we can do for the poor is to provide them with hope and a better life through voluntary charity. Lending a helping hand to others in need through private charities is truly one of the best ways to help lift up the less fortunate.

This blog post was originally published on Counter Cultured’s new charity column “Walk the Walk.”

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