Students at an East Memphis college are working together to make strides. They are getting ready for the Making Strides walk in two weeks. For this year’s organizer, her mission to get others to proudly wear pink is personal.
The tears tell the story. This is a woman who cares deeply about someone very special. Her mother. See, 2015 was a heartbreaker.
“Last year period was rough,” said Sheneka Gorman, a student services advisor at Concorde College.
Gorman’s mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, then last October, doctors diagnosed her with breast cancer. The routine for awhile– doctors visits. Twice a day, every day. Gorman said, she’s always by her mother’s side.
“My mom means the world to me,” she said. “I wouldn’t trade her for the world, even though her mood swings are much different now, it’s a lot to deal with– each day, you don’t know what it’s going to be like.”
Gorman said the power of prayer and the support of others helped. The love and dedication for her mother is leading to action.
Gorman is the Making Strides team leader. As she proudly wears pink, she’s getting others involved too. About 40 people are part of the Concorde College team. During a pink out, the college sold out of the pink shirts for sale.
“Everybody plays a part,” said Gorman.