I’m still on somewhat of a high from Sunday’s Memorial Walk for Dr. Marc Abrams. Near the end of the walk, I met a reporter for BBC America who said, “I’ve been searching for a sense of community ever since I moved to L.A. and this is the first time I think I’ve found it.” To me, that summed up the entire experience perfectly.
Looking out at the crowd of people gathered to walk for a man most of them didn’t know – families with kids and dogs in tow, everyone smiling and in good spirits – it restored my outlook on our neighborhood and once again made me realize how privileged I am to live in a community where people will join together for something as simple as remembering a man who walked our neighborhood almost every day for 30 years.
I’d like to extend a special thanks to:
- Brandon Fuller for creating the Facebook event page and silverlakewalkingman.com
- Howie via NeighborGoods.net for letting us borrow the megaphone for the event
- Christopher Daniels for helping with coordination, creating the flyer and for communicating with Dr. Abrams’ friends and family for us
- Kevin West for being there, despite his grief over the loss of his friend, and for sharing the note from Dr. Abrams’ wife, Cindy
- Nick Potter for stimulating the initial idea for the walk
- My lovely fiance’ Harold for holding the megaphone during all of the speeches
- L.A. City Council President Eric Garcetti and Councilman Tom LaBonge for their presence and support
Below are some comments from the community that I’d like to share and also a round up of some press coverage of the walk. Continue reading Dr. Marc Abrams Memorial Walk Recap