September provided several opportunities for Minnesota School of Business-Blaine students and staff to illustrate our “We Care” philosophy. Many of us set out to walk in an effort to raise funds and visibility for some often under-represented causes.
Janea Okoye, director of admissions, walked for suicide awareness at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) annual walk, Out of the Darkness. She enjoyed being a part of the event for the second consecutive year.
“There was such a diverse population present at the event—those standing for the military and sufferers of PTSD to those with bipolar disorder and general depression and anxiety disorders,” Janea said.
Well-respected KSTP TV meteorologist, Ken Barlow, has attended the event the past few years to spread the word and to shed some light on the often silent health condition of mental illness. Okoye noted that though there are so many tragedies, hope is the overwhelming and resonating emotion.
A few weeks later, our students, staff and faculty contributed to the Alexandra House’s Walk for Hope. The MSB-Blaine campus has had a close relationship for several years with Alexandra House, which is a local safe haven for survivors of domestic violence. It is a shocking but true statistic that one in three women has experienced a form of abuse. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month, and this was the third consecutive year in which we sponsored the walk.
MSB-Blaine Community Manager, Julie Kresh, noted how crucial it is to keep the close-knit relationship going with the non-profit organization because of the necessity for Alexandra House and havens like it in the community. Unfortunately, there is a great need for respite for women, their children, and for men as well.
The pouring rain did not dampen participants’ spirits at the event. Chair massages were provided to walkers by students and faculty of the massage therapy program, while admissions staff and faculty from the veterinary technology and general education disciplines joined in the walk to illustrate their commitment to supporting Alexandra House.