BC Students Walk for Life By Jacqueline Puglisi | October 25, 2011 | RSS On a crisp and windy fall day students from BC met at the Able Center in Bluefield, W.Va., to participate in a two-mile charity walk called Walk for Life. On Oct. 15 the Able Center along with locations in Princeton and Tazewell welcomed participants who came to walk to raise money for the center. The Able Center, which has been open for 18 years, offers support to women who are pregnant and don’t know where to turn. The center provides free services like pregnancy testing, education on parenting and adoption and abortion recovery Bible studies. Members and pledges of Alpha Delta participate in Walk for Life Pledges and members of the Alpha Delta sorority along with members of BCM participated in the walk. Lauren Pillow, president of Alpha Delta, said that because the sorority is community-service-based, it was important to provide an opportunity for the pledges to participate in a community service activity. The walk was mandatory for all eight Alpha Delta pledges, but Pillow was pleased to see the current members participating as well since it was optional for them. This is the first year the sorority has participated in Walk for Life, an idea that Pillow said came from Alpha Delta member Casey Palmer. Pillow said Palmer has a passion for the Able Center and it was important to participate in something that meant so much to one of the sisters. Palmer, who has been volunteering at the center for more than two years, said it made her heart happy to see her Alpha Delta sisters come out to support the Able Center. She said that every woman who comes into the center is different, and it is important to be there for them and give an open ear. Other BC students who participated said they felt strongly about the message of the Able Center. Jennifer McKay and Cassie Toppin, both BC students, brought their boyfriends to participate with them in the walk. Both students said that every child should have the opportunity for life, and they were glad to support the Able Center. To help raise money for the center a local supporter donated a P. Buckley Moss painting, “Family Fun,” to be raffled off. Tickets were sold for $2 each, and the drawing will take place Dec. 15.