To the editor:
On Sept. 29, AIM Women's Center held its fourth-annual Walk for Life and first 5K Fun Run at Jim Wood Park in Steubenville. "Celebrating 25 Years of Love, Life and Healing" was the theme, and about 140 walkers and runners showed their support in prayer and action. Local businesses supported the event while many of the participants raised money for AIM through personal sponsorships and donations.
Lisa Ledyard, event coordinator, led prayer and introduced AIM Director Sharon Maedke; nurses Ginna Dombrowski and Helen Kempton; Sherry Conrad, financial secretary; and me. Music, balloons, prizes and spectators cheered about 30 runners at the 5K finish line.
Approximately 110 walkers then took a two-mile trek around the park, some with strollers or babies snuggled in slings.
AIM has offered free limited ultrasounds since 2010 and during the last 12 months has provided more than 150 ultrasounds for expectant mothers at its downtown Steubenville location, 248 N. Fifth St.
On behalf of our clients, volunteers, staff and board of directors, our deepest thanks go out to our participants who, in one of the most challenging economic environments of the past 20 years, reached out to family and friends to support a ministry they believe is vital to the Ohio Valley.
We also want to thank the following businesses that sponsored the event: Anytime Fitness; Dr. Tom and Suzanne Brown; Catholics United for the Faith; Center of Music and Art; the Diocese of Steubenville; Franciscan University of Steubenville; Holy Family Respect Life Group; HyperDo Media; Dr. Joe Lewis; Dr. Thomas Matanzo; McBane Insurance; the Rev. Clint Quillen Jr. of Wintersville United Methodist Church; Ridgefield Group; Dr. Atul Shetty; State Park Motors; Target Sport Shop; Jefferson County Commissioner Tom Gentile; Valley Converting; and World Radio Telecommunications. The following businesses donated prizes, refreshments and services: DiGregory's Greenhouse, Federico's, Iannetti's, M&M Hardware, Riesbeck's, the UPS Store, Valley Wine Center, Wintersville United Methodist Church and the YMCA.
Finally, we would like to thank everyone who works at AIM, without whom we could not serve the more than 600 women our ministry touches each year.
Photos from the event are available at: www.flickr.com/photos/aimfriendsforlife/.
We welcome anyone interested in supporting AIM Women's Center, either financially or through volunteer work, to contact Sharon Maedke at (740) 283-3636.
AIM Women's Center