This spring the grounds of the Franklin Park Conservatory are looking very fine, indeed. This lovely scene is just one of many pretty areas you can find in that tranquil spot, located only a mile or two from the heart of downtown Columbus.
It’s hard to believe a year has passed since our friend and colleague, Ken Golonka, died tragically and unexpectedly.
Today was the first annual Ken Golonka Memorial Walk, a three-kilometer stroll through the grounds of the Franklin Park Conservatory, with the proceeds to benefit the National Blood Clot Alliance. It was a cold and overcast day with a hint of rain in the air, but many of Ken’s friends and family members were there nevertheless. The weather may have been chilly, but our spirits were warmed by the memories of our missing friend — by our interest in doing what we can to help make sure that the health issues that befell Ken don’t take other people out of our lives.
It’s always difficult to deal with the death of a loved one; it leaves such a terrible void. It’s heartwarming to see Ken’s family and friends working to make something positive out of his passing. Ken himself was someone who was dedicated to service in his church, his community, and his profession. He would be pleased to see that his family and friends are following in his footsteps.