2024 Move for Life Recap

2024 Move for Life Recap

“God’s presence was palpable!  It was awesome celebrating Him!”

Thank you to all who participated in the 2024 Move for Life!  The day was filled with warm sunshine, smiling faces, delicious food, and, most vividly, God’s heart for life.

We had a record year as nearly 570 people participated as either a walker, 5K runner or virtual participant and raised money to support Align’s life-affirming work.

“Our family comes to the Move for Life every year,” said one participant.  “It’s special being with so many others who are passionate about the gospel, life, and the work of Align.”

Another participant exclaimed, “There was an abundance of sunshine and Sonshine!”

Our financial goal was to raise $300,000 through the Move for Life.  Thanks to the Lord’s generosity and the hard work of those who participated, we have raised over $338,500!  These funds will be used to provide immediate help to pregnant moms, new parents, and people struggling with a past abortion decision with gospel-centered, life-giving care.

Align President Lisa Hosler underscored the theme of this year’s walk during the ministry update – In the Beginning, God.  “With all the chaos and confusion in our world, God wanted to anchor us and our clients in the truth of His word,” she shared.  “Many clients are not anchored to God in the midst of the chaos and confusion of their situation, but we’re seeing a growing hunger among them for truth!”

Lisa’s remarks were followed by an interview between Align’s Lancaster center director Tina Tate and young mom client, Mercedes.

Mercedes’ mother had committed suicide last year, just two weeks before Mercedes’ baby shower. “I was struggling greatly with that. I wanted to blame everyone, even the Lord himself, for taking my mom away from me,” Mercedes remembered. God led a neighbor to invite Mercedes to church, and a WIC employee to refer her to Align. “Having all the support at Align and love at my church, I came to realize that it was just my mom’s time.”

Mercedes thanked the Move for Life audience for supporting Align. “More than a few times I didn’t have the money myself for formula, diapers, or wipes, yet I knew that everything was going to be okay because I had help from Align. I know that I have found a bond of friendship with these ladies that will last long after my time with them.”

A worship team from Grace Brethren Church of Manheim provided live worship from the main stage throughout the morning. Adults and children alike enjoyed bounce houses, yard games, pony rides, and more in the free Fun Zone, as well as free refreshments, food trucks and the cotton candy cart.

We had a ton of fun celebrating Jesus and life together with so many others and hope everyone enjoyed themselves as well. Thanks again to everyone who joined us that day to put their faith into loving action for life.

Sincerest thanks to our wonderful Corporate Sponsors who helped make this year’s event possible! Click here to see the list of them.

For pictures from the 2024 Move for Life, check out our photo album.

For the results of our 5k, please click here.

We look forward to seeing you next year at The Junction Center in Manheim on Saturday, May 10th for the 2025 Move for Life!