A walk in the rain to support life

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Rain and chilly temperatures did not prevent the students of Christendom College in Front Royal from supporting the Front Royal Pregnancy Center's annual Walk for Life Oct. 3. The college became the leading sponsor in the area by raising more than $10,000.

Christendom students beat last year's records, not only raising more money but also coming out in greater numbers than before. They made up 77 of the 300 registered walkers, while college faculty, staff and alumni filled up many more spots.

Christendom's sophomore class alone nearly matched the total funds raised last year by the entire student body, contributing more than $6,000 as a class.

Sophomore Maria McFadden was one of the walk's coordinators.

"I was so amazed and proud of my school when, early on a Saturday morning, I arrived at the walk site to see many of my fellow classmates putting up tents in the pouring rain," she said. "That's the kind of dedication you can be sure of from students at Christendom."

Pregnancy center board member Mary Brand, a 1998 Christendom graduate, expressed how thankful she was to have students taking initiative and choosing to participate.

"It was so inspiring to see so many Christendom students come to the walk, even on this cold and dreary day," she said. "They were cheerful and exuded joy. It was so refreshing and encouraging to see young people like this."

The pregnancy center, founded by alumni of Christendom College in 1991, continues to be a light of encouragement in the area, and the extended Christendom family continues to show their support for helping women in their local community.

Reimel is a junior studying English at Christendom College in Front Royal.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2015