Thunder center Daniel Orton will serve as the walk ambassador for this year's Lupus Walk and 5K run to End Lupus NOW on June 1 in Oklahoma City.
Orton will be walking in memory of his mother, Carolyn, who lost her battle with lupus in February 2009. She was 52.
“I lost a lot when I lost my mother my senior year in high school,” Orton said. “She was not only my mother but my best friend.”
Thunder fans can meet and join Orton on June 1 at the Oklahoma Lupus Chapter Walk to End Lupus at the Oklahoma City Zoo.
The Lupus Walk and 5K run asks that every team make an effort to raise $1,000 as a goal to benefit the local lupus chapter. Event organizers are also asking individual walkers to raise $100, and every walker to donate $5 to help offset admission costs paid for each participant.
Lupus is an autoimmune disorder in which the body's immune system is unable to tell the difference between foreign substances and its own cells and tissues.
For more information on the walk and run call (405) 225-7510, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.