by Rhonda Fernandez

ORLANDO, Fla., (BNc) — Kathy Pruitt of Orlando is taking the Biblical commandment of going the extra mile seriously.

Kathy Pruitt of the Concord Street church ran 100 miles in support of the Lads to Leaders/Leaderettes (LTL/L)2012 walk-a-thon. While most of the participants across the nation walked much shorter distances, Kathy decided to RUN for a cause near and dear to her heart. She ran 100 miles in 19 days!

Kathy is the assistant varsity cross country and assistant varsity track and field coach for Christian Home & Bible School in Mount Dora Florida where she also works in administration. Kathy and her husband, of 31 years, Robin have three sons, a daughter in-law and two grandchildren. Robin serves and an elder, and they have always been committed to helping young people. Kathy is an amazing woman and a shining example of service to others by going the extra mile — 100 of them!

Paddy Flanagan, who is the youth minister at the Concord Road church in Brentwood Tenn., ran 30 miles for the event on July 4th and then left for a mission trip. He wanted very much to promote LTL/L seeing firsthand the impact the program makes in the lives of the youth.

The walk-a-thon was hosted by Lads to Leaders founder Dr. Jack Zorn who, at age 78, organized the event to encourage everyone to get moving for better health while raising funds to expand the youth program in new areas. Dr. Zorn and Roy Johnson the LTL/L Executive Director are so amazed at Kathy’s determination and devotion to the program.

Lads to Leaders/Leaderettes is a program churches of Christ use to help prepare their youth and adults for service and to help develop overall leadership potential, and is the oldest and largest leadership training program used by the church today. Helping the youth of America become leaders, lead lives of service to others and develop better self-esteem is a worthy goal for all involved.