About 125 run to support Pregnancy Ministries while honoring accident victim

St. Andrew Catholic Church and School hosted a 1.5-mile walk/run in memory of Judithann "Judy" Clement

April 14, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH |
  • Members of the Saint Andrew Runners Club take off Thursday afternoon at the start of Judy's Challenge on Main and Broad streets in Waynesboro, Pa. The run was in memory of Judy Clement, a parishioner at Saint Andrew Catholic Church, who was killed in a car crash on March 17.
By Jennifer Fitch, Staff Writer

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The lawn at St. Andrew School on Thursday was filled with people who had sneakers on their feet, a cause on their minds and a woman in their hearts.

The school and St. Andrew Catholic Church hosted a 1.5-mile walk/run called "Judy's Challenge" in memory of Judithann "Judy" Clement, a parishioner who was killed in a March 17 car crash.

The event raised more than $5,000 for Pregnancy Ministries Inc.'s resource center.

Organizer Chris Manning said 125 people registered for "Judy's Challenge," in addition to 100 St. Andrew School students who participated.

"Overall, the town of Waynesboro, the whole community, has been phenomenally supportive of our cause. Everyone was touched by Judy's death," Manning said.

Rachel Deadmon, 14, said half of her track team from Waynesboro Area Middle School signed up to do the run. Her friend, Hannah Colella, said a lot of people knew Clement, who had nine children, taught eighth-grade Confraternity of Christian Doctrine classes, coordinated the youth group and served as a marriage mentor.

"I've known Judy since I was in second grade with her daughter, and I wanted to be here today. She was big in the community," said Hannah, 13.

Heather Monn of Waynesboro joined five colleagues from Dr. Bui's podiatry office at Judy's Challenge.

"We're here to support Pregnancy Ministries," Monn said. "Judy was my daughters' homeschool gym teacher, so we're here in her memory, too."

Manning said Clement was a supporter of Pregnancy Ministries.

Pregnancy Resource Center volunteer Haydee Middour said the organization is dependent on private donations. The center provides counseling, clothing and food, and guidance for doctor and insurance issues.

"We ask what their needs are, how we can help," Middour said.

Middour said she started volunteering six years ago because the cause is important to her. Her daughter, who recently celebrated her 25th wedding anniversary, became pregnant at age 17.

"There is a real need. There are girls in every community that don't have a place to turn," Middour said. "So often they'll come and say, 'I had no idea this place was here.'"

Ruth Schuler, who completed the course, also works with Pregnancy Ministries Inc. She said centers similar to the one on South Potomac Street in Waynesboro can be found in Greencastle, Chambersburg and Shippensburg.

"There are women of all ages who find themselves in a crisis pregnancy, a surprise pregnancy or an unwanted pregnancy, and they may not know what to do or what's available for them," Schuler said, saying the staff educates women about the risks and consequences of abortions.

Manning said she's already talked to people about turning the race, which passed the Clement home, into an annual event.

Parts of the route were lined with white balloons.

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