” On Monday April 27 the UA Lady Zips basketball team showed an outstanding act of community service by volunteering at the home of Susan Lang. Lang is a 911 dispatcher for the Akron Police Department. Lang is unable to keep up with updates for her house because she has Multiple Sclerosis and is bound by a wheelchair.””
On Monday April 27 the UA Lady Zips basketball team showed an outstanding act of community service by volunteering at the home of Susan Lang. Lang is a 911 dispatcher for the Akron Police Department.
Lang is unable to keep up with updates for her house because she has Multiple Sclerosis and is bound by a wheelchair. She has suffered from MS for the past 10 years. To add to the difficulty of her devasting disease, Lang has no living family to help her in her non-accessible handicap home.
Detective Mill Morris of the Akron Police Department has started the Sue Lang Building Fund to help Lang. This project that Morris has taken on has been in effect since Jan. 1, 2009 and is effective by raising money and gathering donations to give her a home-makeover. Morris believes the project she has started is successful because of a few good donations and a few good people. Morris says, Today the University of Akron female basketball team painted the living room, kitchen and hallway of Sue’s house. There was no small talk and they got the job done. They took time out of their busy day.
Morris decided that it would be a good idea for the team to paint because it is an easy job that everyone can do. She also says that when the ladies heard about Lang’s situation they were very willing and eager to help.
Morris says, I am in awe, Sue is in awe. She went on to say, I can’t express the gratitude she (Lang) had on her face.
Morris has been a criminal detective for 13 years. She said that when she normally sees young people they are dead on the floor, but today she saw some of the most wonderful people and was able to experience the wonderful deeds they do.
I am humbled that people care enough that they want to help. When I answer calls for the police department I hear people screaming and at their worst. This whole project has completely renewed my faith and really shows how many good people there are, says Lang. Lang believes that God will bless all of the volunteers.
People don’t realize how down and depressed you can get when you have an illness like MS, but this renews my hope and faith of young people and of the city.
She believes that the country and city are in better shape than people think.
We should be pounding the drum of good people, instead of the bad ones, Lang said.
Kara Murphy, member of the women’s basketball team and volunteer, says that her favorite part of the day was seeing Sue and Detective Morris so grateful for what we were doing.
Murphy believes that as athletes they are very fortunate and often times take it for granted. It was a great experience and was a lot of fun, says Murphy.
Ayla Guzzardo, Lady Zip’s basketball player and volunteer says her favorite part of the day was Meeting Sue and figuring out how she lives everyday life.
Guzzardo also states, As athletes we are lucky to have so much and to give back in any way we can would be great, especially to someone like Sue.
Guzzardo adds that the players are going to try to keep helping Lang over the summer.