ElderPlace Cully Proud Mamas Join AIDS Walk

November 08, 2013

Joyce and Lorna (we know her as Lou) are two of our Cully ElderPlace participants, and both of these women are wonderful, compassionate, and charismatic-with great senses of humor.

Unfortunately they also have in common the harsh memory of both losing one of their sons to HIV/AIDS (both sons were in their 30’s when they passed). Both Joyce and Lou were very active in support and education groups during their younger years around the topic/culture of AIDS and helped many families during this hard time.

For this wish, we have formed a team (Cully’s Proud Mommas) to participate in walking in the 2013 Portland AIDS Walk to honor both of their sons, Steven Schlitt and David Fee.

As the winds picked up greatly on the last half mile of the walk, we gave the option to our ladies to end the walk early and get them warmed up. They both insisted on participating in the full length of the walk. Joyce and Lou are truly two very proud (and honoring) mommas.  

Special thanks to the following supporters who helped make this wish come true : Larie Thomas and Sandra Hetzel with Latitudes who donated 25 custom made t-shirts for the team, Rodger Marks and Alicia from Walgreens who donated 3 custom made signs for “Cully’s Proud Mommas” to carry at the walk, Bil Mayer with Lifeworks NW who volunteered to drive the team bus.

Cully’s Proud Mommas Team Members: Lou Schlitt, Joyce Fee, Kelli Erickson, Brendan McGrath, Carolyn Basham, Cathy Clark, Debbie Davis, Conrad Hamilton, Erica Knepper, Jennifer Keltner, Kate McGray, Larry Miller & furry companion, Nancy Kriet, Neal Roginski, Petra Bahr, Rika Bering & furry companion, Ryen McGrath, Sandra Hetzel, Sara Migliazzo, Stephanie Feezer, Susan Trezise, Bil Mayer, Penny Schlitt & furry companion, Lori Schlitt, and Linda

Last but certainly not least, Our Team Contributors: Robin and Johnny, Shirley Basham, Peter Mak, Jamie Fugate, Danielle Trevino, Jason Ackerman, Carl Brody, Ellen Garcia, Joseph Diers, John Panosh, Marilyn Caudill, Mark & Jill Erickson, Cece Dispenza, William Evans, Erin O’Reilly, Brittany Sale, Daniel Yohannes, Kelly Von Bargen.