Celtics honor Heather Walker by naming media center in her memory

Heather Walker of Marblehead, who died in April of an aggressive brain tumor, was honored by the Boston Celtics this week. Walker worked as vice president of public relations for the team for years. The Celtics announced on Monday that they were renaming their media center in her honor. Walker was 52 when she died.

Heather Walker with Paul Pierce years ago at the TD Garden. COURTESY PHOTO

“Heather Walker meant everything,” Celtics forward Jaylen Brown said. “She was the person I worked with a lot early in my career with media stuff, everything I was doing off the court, in the community, or outside of basketball, Heather was handling and coordinating a lot of that stuff.

Heather Walker at the Garden after her diagnosis. She received the Celtics’ Heroes Among Us award. COURTESY PHOTO

“To know that she’s no longer with us is extremely sad, but for her to get the media center here in the building named after her, it’s great for her legacy and her family to be able to be proud about something.”

Walker left behind her husband, Stephen, and their two daughters. After her diagnosis, she raised nearly $650,000 for glioblastoma research.

“For her not to be here is a loss for this organization, for sure,” Brown said. “But it’s great to see that in her honor and her memory that we named the media center after her.”

Heather Walker’s family at the naming of the media center in her memory: Left to right: Heather’s mom Barbara Michalowski, daughter Taylor Walker, husband Stephen Walker and daughter Sammy Walker. Back row, left to right: Heather’s brother, Roger Michalowski of Marblehead and Stephen Pagliuca, a Celtics co-owner. COURTESY PHOTO
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Editor Leigh Blander is an experienced TV, radio and print journalist who has written hundreds of stories for local newspapers, including the Marblehead Reporter.

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