HeartReach, an established and expanding pro-life pregnancy center in Wasilla, will hold its annual 5K for Life on June 18. While the family-friendly event is free, it is also one of three primary fundraisers conducted each year. Donations made during pledging will go toward the center’s work to protect unborn life and support parents in need.
Launched in 1985 by a group of Mat-Su residents to support young women and parents who felt unprepared to care for a baby, and who might be considering an abortion, the outreach has expanded considerably over the past four decades.
“HeartReach is a family and pregnancy resource center,” Outreach Coordinator Sophia Logan said. “We provide services such as STI testing, ultrasounds and pregnancy testing. We also have a no-cost market for parents, with items such as clothes and formula.”
HeartReach offers professional medical services at no cost and without discrimination. The nonprofit provides support from pregnancy to parenting, as well as several abortion recovery classes and medication that can reverse chemical abortions. They also have a mobile medical unit to reach rural Alaskans.
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Last year, HeartReach served 2,700 total clients.
“We would like to increase our medical mobile unit services and grow our mentorship program,” Logan said.
Additionally, HeartReach has a program called Step Up Now (SUN) to Healthy Relationships, an educational program for teens.
The upcoming 5K includes running, walking and biking options, along with a toddler dash.