Cherubic infant faces tucked securely into strollers, moms discussing teething and nap schedules: it appeared to be a normal gathering at the park: except for the realization that some of these babies would not be alive except for the intervention of the Pregnancy Resource Center of Rolla.

Cherubic infant faces tucked securely into strollers, moms discussing teething and nap schedules: it appeared to be a normal gathering at the park: except for the realization that some of these babies would not be alive except for the intervention of the Pregnancy Resource Center of Rolla. The eleventh annual Walk for Life was held Saturday morning at Lions Club Park to raise awareness and funding for the center. The goal of the Walk: to raise $53,000 between walker’s sponsor pledges and corporate donations. “We are already over halfway there,” said Joseph Dalton, with one month to raise the remainder of the pledges from the walk.

The organization was founded by Joe and his wife Jane, eleven years ago. They had been involved with a Pro Life organization in St. Louis and quickly realized the need in Rolla when they moved here. “We don’t preach or tell people what they can or cannot do—we just support crisis pregnancies,” said Joe. They assist an average 500 pregnancies per year. Jane is the program director for the St. Raymond’s House: a maternity/transitional home with the goal of assisting a young mother to be on her own two feet by the end of her stay, which “averages about one year,” stated Jane. All of PRC’s services are free, including parenting classes from which nearly 800 women have graduated.  Funding for the center is by donation.

Blue shirts mirrored blue skies at the walk, which began with opening remarks by Joe. He welcomed the crowd and introduced Faith, who thanked the center “for saving my baby.”  A group photo was taken, then the balloon waving, stroller-pushing crowd dispersed to circle the lakes of beautiful Lions Club Park.

Theresa Steinacker and her daughter Diane Classen had never participated in a Walk before, but “it seemed like a nice thing to do to support babies,” Theresa stated.  J Chowning and his wife Hollie traveled over two hours to participate; “We came to glean from Joe and Jane ideas for our own center in Warrenton," said Chowning. "They do an incredible job here, with over 2,000 babies saved in eleven years and only six lost to abortion. Pastor Ron Sluder from the Church of the Nazarene, Pastor Dan Phillips from the Community Church of God, and Father David Veit from the St. Patrick’s Parish were a few of the local clergy and churches represented at the walk.

The Pregnancy Resource Center is located at 1210 E. State Highway 72. They are open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information or for directions, contact the center at 573 368-5700, or visit their website at prcrolla.com. To make a financial contribution, visit their donor website at supportmyprc.com.