Despite dark clouds looming over the almost 200 participants in the Walk for Life Saturday, the rain held off until the event was over.

The Laurel County Life Center, a local pregnancy center that advocates for the unborn, is located next to the London Elementary School. The walk was a stroller-friendly, 2-mile course behind the school.

“The event raised $27,500 with more money still to come in,” Director Vicky Filiatreau said. “Some people who couldn’t walk today will walk in their neighborhoods.”

“The biggest contributor was United Way of Laurel County, with $3,000,” Filiatreau added.

The walk, which was made up of church groups and community groups, was a great opportunity for participants to make a difference in the lives of young women and unborn children, Filiatreau said.

Sheila Tackett, who founded the center about 15 years ago, said she had been naive about abortion.

“Someone had come to our church (Corinth Baptist) and they did this presentation about abortion and it just broke my heart. After I saw that, the more the whole thing burdened me. I told the Lord, I’m just one person. What can I do? How can I stop something so big? The Lord put it on my heart to get a video called ‘Silent Scream.’ It just totally took over my mind, my heart.”

Jeannie Goins, who walked Saturday, believes the center is a great cause.

“We need to save unborn babies,” she said. “Also, this place does a lot of work to present the gospel and women have been saved as well and have become Christians.”

Kim Campbell, with Enterprise Rent-A-Car in London, walked to support the community.

“We’re walking here because we try to get involved with everything that we can,” she said. “We are all very strong Christians and like to give back as much as we can. We were open today, so only two of us could come, but we all took part in the fundraising.”

Gilberts Chapel Baptist Church had 20 volunteers in the walk.

“We really believe in what the Life Center does,” Pastor Joel Halcomb said. “Our church has supported them for some time. We just really feel like it’s a worthy organization. We believe in the sanctity of life and the good work they do here. We support them, we pray for them. They keep us involved and informed of what they’re doing and the progress they make with folks that come into them wanting help.”

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