Life West’s annual fundraiser for the Oklahaven Children’s Chiropractic Center looked a bit different this year, but the Have-a-Heart Walkathon provided a chance for the community to come together for a worthy cause. That’s precisely what happened, as the fundraiser’s goal was nearly doubled.
“My heart is so full from the generosity and compassion that our students, faculty, staff and community have shown toward this incredible campaign,” said Life West Student Council vice president Sophia Grandstaff, who helped organize the fundraiser along with fellow student Olivia Tanasse. “There is no doubt that Life West has a heart for the Oklahaven Children’s Chiropractic Center!”
Students, faculty, and staff started donating funds to support the effort in early February. The initial goal was to raise $2,000 for Oklahaven, which has provided chiropractic care to sick and disabled children for 59 years. Following a donation from the Student Council, the campaign finished with more than $3,700 that will be sent to the center.
The walkathon was held on the Life West campus Friday, Feb. 12, and the community welcomed students and employees to campus with a decorative balloon arch to symbolize the occasion. In addition to those who enjoyed the event on campus, others participated from their neighborhoods via Google Meet.
“The walkathon had an incredible turnout from faculty, staff and students from many campus organizations such as the Alpha Chi Rho sorority, Delta Sigma Chi fraternity, and Student Council,” Grandstaff said. “It was a perfect sunny day. The music was loud, people were dancing, and we were able to reach and surpass our original goal.”
Located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the Oklahaven Children’s Chiropractic Center provides chiropractic care to children with a variety of issues. These include nursing difficulties, colic, earaches, failure to thrive, developmental delays, asthma, arthritis, ADD, ADHD, and cerebral palsy, among other ailments.
For more information about Oklahaven and the services it provides, visit the center’s website.