DANVILLE — As a teenager, Charlene Cessna could spend her Saturday morning sleeping in or hanging with friends.
Instead, the 17-year-old devotes time to something she’s passionate about — Walk for Life to benefit the Women’s Care Clinic.
“Everybody should have a chance at life,” said Cessna, a home-schooled senior who lives near Potomac. “I know that I’m helping to raise money to save babies and help mothers take care of their babies and to help people respect life.”
The 2-mile fundraiser will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at Lincoln Park, with registration at 8 a.m. The walkers will go to the Care Clinic at 200 W. Williams St., and then return to the park.
People are encouraged to pre-register to be a sponsored walker, although people may register on the day of the walk, as well. Participants must have a pledge sheet, which they can get in advance or fill out before the walk.
Registered walkers who raise $250 or more will receive a free T-shirt. The theme for this year’s Walk for Life is “Creating a Culture of Life, One Child at a Time.”
Cessna said she has participated in the walk for six or seven years, and is joined by her family — sister, Colleen, 15, and parents, Elizabeth and Todd Cessna. Actually, her mother is the one who got the family involved, the teenager said.
Cessna also enlisted 13 people from her church, St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Hoopeston, to walk.
“I tell people to do what their heart tells them to do, to stand up for what’s right and don’t go along with the crowd,” she said.
This is an important issue to her, she said, and she encourages others to step out on Saturday.
Kim Padan, director of the Care Clinic, said the walk is a major fundraiser for the clinic. The goal is to have 400 sponsored walkers raising $80,000, which will go toward operating expenses.