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Fifth Annual Orlando Thomas Day underway in Crowley

Posted: 12:48 PM, Jul 04, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-04 13:48:37-04

 The fifth Orlando Thomas Day is underway now at the Martin Luther King Center in Crowley.

The event began at 10 a.m. with a health fare, story time and book donations, skating, bingo and board games. There also is a band and DJ on hand for entertainment.

 At noon, participants enjoyed a brown bag lunch including hamburger/hotdog, chips and soda. Events will wrap up this afternoon.

The event is held every year to remember Orlando Thomas, who was a Crowley native and Crowley High alumni well known for playing in the NFL.

Thomas was a defensive back for the Minnesota Vikings from 1995 to 2001.

In June of 2007 he announced publicly he had been diagnosed with amyotorphic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gerhig’s disease). He succumbed to the disease on Nov. 11, 2018, at the age of 42.