St. Louis Care Walk: “Honored to Be a Part of It”
March 21, 2015 – For the second year, Erica Stick is organizing a Care Walk in St. Louis. CAF spoke with her briefly about her experience with Care Walk. (You can donate to or learn more about the St. Louis Care Walk by clicking here.)
CAF: How did you come to be involved in Care Walk (or, why are you doing a Care Walk)?
Erica: I work for Dohmen Life Science Services (DLSS) and my team at DLSS provides pharmacy services to thalassemia patients with the goal that the patients can focus their time and energy on feeling better and enjoying their day to day lives. After getting to know some of these patients our team wanted to help by raising money and awareness through the Care Walk.
Why do you think Care Walks are important?
Care Walks are important because they raise not only money but awareness. The thalassemia community is so small in the United States that most of the general public might not even know what it is. I also hope that by participating in the Care Walk, possible thalassemia patients in our community know that we are here to support them.
What was the Care Walk experience like for you last year?
It was our first Care Walk and it was definitely a team effort. It was a beautiful day and it was enjoyed by everyone who attended. We all felt great that we were able to give back to the Cooley’s community and help our patients.
Is there anything you’d like to tell us about this year’s Walk?
The more the merrier!! We love to meet new people and we hope to continue to grow through the years! There are 3 different walking routes so please don’t feel discouraged if you are unable to walk long distances.
Do you have a message you would like to pass on to anyone with thalassemia?
What would you say to someone considering putting together a Care Walk?
Go for it!! Even if it is a small walk, every little bit helps. They are also a lot of fun! A Care Walk is a perfect way to enjoy a beautiful morning with other caring people while making a difference in someone else’s life.
Is there anything else you’d like to say?
Just “thank you” to the Cooley’s Anemia Foundation for letting us take part in this. As caregivers we appreciate all of the “behind the scenes” work done every single day to improve the lives of patients with thalassemia and we are honored to get to be part of it.
CAF thanks Erica and all of the St. Louis Care Walkers for their support and dedication! You can learn more about Care Walk by clicking here.