Thunder staffers were in the mix as thousands gathered in the Bricktown area of Oklahoma City to take part in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, participating as walkers, as volunteers and as a part of the opening ceremony.
Formerly known as the Memory Walk, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s is a signature event for Alzheimer’s Association chapters throughout the nation. It’s a way to raise both funds and awareness, as well as to emphasize the magnitude of support the fight to end Alzheimer’s has.
Thunder Girls Bailee and Sheri helped kick off the event, taking part in the opening ceremonies and marking the start of the two-mile walk; Debbie, from our community relations department, coordinated their participation. Jody and Ashley in our Premium Services department volunteered on Saturday, helping with the event set-up. And Katy, our vice president of human resources, and I walked with our Rotary team.
It’s becoming almost more difficult to find someone whose life hasn’t been somehow touched by Alzheimer’s than someone whose life has. Right here in our office, several staffers have watched loved ones suffer from this disease – including some who took part on Saturday.
Jody, our premium services manager, shared that both her grandmother (Cleo East) and great-grandmother (Leora Smith) died from Alzheimer’s. And my grandfather struggled with this disease during the last few years of his life.
Even when we’re not doing something directly through the Thunder, our staff participates extensively in community programs and causes – whether or not they’ve been personally touched by a certain issue. For example, Katy walked to support her fellow Rotarians; Ashley participated in support of a friend who has a personal stake in the cause. If it affects our friends, our neighbors or this city, we know it affects all of us.
September is World Alzheimer’s Month, and today is Alzheimer’s Action Day. Take a look at what you can do to take part on the website for our local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
- Karina Henderson