Oasis Medical Center’s 20th Annual Walk for Life proved to be quite successful as both local and out-of-town walkers showed up to support the center’s efforts.
“If they can’t be here today, they walk wherever they are,” said Executive Director Martha Jobe. “We even have a group walking for us in South Carolina.”
Since 1995, OMC’s second largest annual fundraiser has drawn approximately 200 volunteers each year. Some walk as individuals while others choose to walk in teams of 2 to 8 people. They are sponsored by local churches, youth groups, civic clubs, and businesses.
The money from the charity event will help the Oasis Center provide medical services for a six-county area.
Registration for the event began at 8:30 a.m. with walkers lining up to turn in sponsor ads. Those who earned $200 or more in sponsors were given the choice of a free “respect for life” t-shirt, sporty water bottle or bistro mug.
Jobe welcomed everyone to the event, thanking them for all their hard work and contributions. She also gave thanks to the man upstairs.
“I just want to praise God for every life and every soul that has been saved through Oasis,” she said as a gusty wind blew through the pavilion scattering papers and writing utensils.
Joe and Pam Kushner spoke about what the center has done for them and how much it has impacted their lives.
"Moving to Corinth was such a blessing," said Joe as he and his wife embraced their three children, Jake, Karson and little Bella. "Local medical doctors were able to help us with our fertility issues and we had Karson ... and thanks to the Oasis Medical Center, Bella's birth mom chose life."
Pam approached the podium, reciting John 15:5. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."
"Bella is the fruit of what Oasis has done," said Pam as she held her three-year-old daughter. I had the opportunity to visit with her birth mom during her last two months of pregnancy and what she said has always stayed with me. She told me she felt like she could finally breathe. That's what Oasis does. They accept women with open arms and help them to breathe."
A poem written by Ella Strickland was read by Jobe. It was entitled, "Saving a Life."
Afterward, the winners were announced. Oakland Baptist Church Awana who walked Wednesday night at the park won "Top Team" and raised $3, 536. They were followed by First Baptist Booneville who raised $2,792 and team Star babies who raised $1,276.
The "Top Walker" for the fundraiser event was was Marlie Miles who raised a whopping $5,020 for the center. She was followed by Lydia Bethay and Cindy Vann.
Participants ended the brief meeting by joining hands and uttering a mighty "hallelujah"!
Supply allowing, t-shirts are still available for purchase at Oasis Medical Center. This year’s t-shirts are $10 each. Last year’s t-shirts have been reduced to $5.
The center opened in its new 4,000 square-foot location on July 8, 2013 at 2421 Proper Street.
They offer STD/STI testing and treatment, pregnancy testing and verification, limited OB Ultrasound, Information on pregnancy options, abortion recovery help, adoption education and referrals, preparing for baby/parenting classes, referrals for community services and more.
(For more information about the services offered at Oasis Medical Center contact them by phone at 662-287-8001 or 800-663-1639. They can also be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org)