Thunder Girls Care Pack Party
Tenaciously Teal has been honored to form a partnership with the NBA Thunder organization over the past few years. It began when our founder, Tarah Warren, proudly displayed her bald head at Thunder game the night before her chemo infusion, and carried a sign reading ” Tomorrow I have chemo but Tonight I am Thundering Up”. Little did she know this not only would lead to meeting Kevin Durant that evening, but was the beginning of a lasting partnership between the Thunder and an organization that had not yet been formed. Tarah had already begun passing out Cancer Care Packs at each chemo infusion, but she never realized these simple acts of kindness would lead to a full blown nonprofit organization and partnership with a NBA team.
During her sixteen months of treatment Tarah coined the term ” Cancer Can’t Steal My Thunder”, and the partnership between Tenaciously Teal and the Thunder grew when the NBA granted approval for T. Teal to sell shirts with the slogan “Cancer Caner Can’t Steal My Thunder”. These shirts are proudly worn by cancer fighters across OKC with a deeper meaning beyond support for a well-loved team, but is a bigger statement that cancer can’t steal my joy.
The partnership again grew when the OKC Thunder Girls had a desire to participate in a T. Teal Care Pack Party. Care Pack Parties are an opportunity for the community to get involved in T. Teal’s mission of hope. Participants are able to assemble Cancer Care Packs, write notes of encouragement or decorate Care Packs with scripture or words of inspiration. T. Teal joined forces with the Crossings Community Center and the John Marshall after school program hosted at their facility. The Thunder Girls brought OKC Thunder bracelets for each of the care packs and together over 200 Care Packs were assembled and hundreds of encouraging notes written. However, the partnership doesn’t stop there, and in the near future T. Teal is looking forward to havingthe OKC Thunder Girls along for a “Care Pack Run”.