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Pregnancy Center to Hold 'Walk-for-Life'

By Amanda Stevens
Journal Staff Writer
    Hayne's Park will be packed with motorcycles, show cars, determined walkers, live music and fun for the whole family Sept. 8.
    Care-Net Pregnancy Center of Rio Rancho is holding its third annual "Walk-for-Life" to raise money for the center.
    "We raised the funds last year for a mobile ultrasound machine," said the Rev. Mark Tross, an event coordinator. "One of the reasons for that is for people who are possibly thinking about having an abortion. Once they see an ultrasound, there is a 90 percent chance they will change their mind."
    This year, the center is hoping to raise enough money through the walk to purchase a mobile home unit to reach some of the more remote areas of New Mexico.
    "(We want the unit) so we can take it around the state," Tross said. "A lot of the Native American population and poorer areas, they don't have Care-Net and can't get any of our services."
    Care-Net provides free pregnancy services including pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, abortion counseling and even essential baby items such as diapers and clothing.
    Walkers for the cause are gathering pledges and the donations gathered are determined by how far the participant walks.
    After the walk, there will be a community fair at the park with live music, food vendors, show cars on display and arts and crafts tables.
    By noon, about 100 motorcycles will arrive at the park from Corrales, center director Cindy Naranjo said. Each biker will bring needed baby items such as toys, clothing or diapers to donate to the center.
    Members of the community who would like to participate in the walk can stop by the center, 1520 Deborah, Suite I, or call Cindy at 896-2305.
    The center is also allowing tables to be set up at the event.
    "Vendors are renting spaces from us at the park. If they are selling things, a $10 donation (is required)," Naranjo said. "If they are a (nonprofit) business, then we are allowing them to set up and send out their information for free."
   
WHAT: "Walk-for-Life" and community fair.
    WHEN: Sept. 8. Walk registration begins at 8 a.m., walk begins at 9 a.m. followed by a community fair until 3 p.m.
    WHERE: BBQ Pavilion at Haynes Park, 2006 Grande, across from Intel.