Thunder as Inspiration

Cindy Evans’ journey to Thunderland was fraught with challenge.

In April 2009, the mother of three won a contest for two tickets to a Thunder game. She took her daughter along to the Ford Center.

“I had my face painted with the Thunder logo on one side and ‘Thunder’ written on the other side,” recalled Cindy, 47. “I was hooked at the first layup. After the game, I had a little extra money so we went to the Thunder Shop and picked up some souvenir gear.”

A few days later, wildfires swept through sections of central Oklahoma. Cindy was among those whose lives were thrown in upheaval.

“My home and everything -- including the souvenirs -- burned up,” she said. “I was devastated, and so was my daughter.”

Mother and daughter were homeless for a few months afterward. But Cindy’s spirit remained firm – as did her steadfast love for the Thunder.

“We are the Thunder's No. 1 fans,” Cindy insisted. “They have given me hope that life can and does go on after a disaster has come into your life. Thank you, Thunder!”

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Phil Bacharach is the Director of Corporate Communications for the Thunder. He is looking for die-hard Thunder fans throughout the world. If you or somebody you know bleeds Thunder blue, contact Phil by clicking here