Groups Pass Halfway point on Walks Across America

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Three groups of young Americans have completed just over half of their walks across America. They are volunteers of an organization called Crossroads, and they are walking to promote a culture of life.

“I have been blessed with so much, and I cannot sit by and do nothing when so many innocent and vulnerable people in our society are killed or demeaned every day,” said Anne Funk, a student at Catholic University. “Someone once said, ‘All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing.’ I try to remember this each day as I walk mile after mile.”

Numbering over fifty youth, most of them college students, the walkers take three routes, originating from Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. They will all converge on Washington, D.C., in August to conclude the three month treks at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

“I feel strongly convicted about this issue,” said Cassandra Blanco, a student from Florida State. “This is fundamentally a human rights issue, and wanted to do something extraordinary to help raise cultural awareness. The message is simple: Abortion hurts women and destroys the life of an unborn child in the womb.”

Since 1995, Crossroads has sponsored walks across America, and in that time has spoken to over two million people in churches alone.

The organization has expanded this summer to include a walk of Canadians from Vancouver to Ottawa.