Fund raised for Gift of Life centers

BROWNSVILLE — More than 200 people marched from Dean Porter Park in Brownsville to the U.S. Federal Courthouse in the Gift of Life Pregnancy Center’s annual Hike for Life fundraiser.

A band kicked off the event with an upbeat version of “When the Saints Go Marching In” as participants prepared for the walk.

Aztec dancers from the Matlachinas dance ministry who donned gold Aztec costumes bearing the Virgen De Guadalupe were at the forefront of the walk as Most Rev. Bishop Daniel Flores led the procession.

“This is an opportunity for those in the church and those outside the church to be witness to the beauty of life and acknowledge the testimony that we should be conscious of the need to protect life, especially in vulnerable conditions such as the unborn, the elderly and the sick,” Flores said.

Martin Leal, founder of the center, said this is the sixth year the center has held the event, and funds are needed more than ever since the center recently opened a second location in Harlingen to serve expectant and new moms.

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