Each year at Mother's Day, TJC asks the community for nominations of moms who work hard, speak up, and keep asking until her children receive the health care they need. In 2017, we are honored to recognize Lacey Buchanan as a Community Mother of the Year.
Lacey has fought tirelessly to get health care services her son Christian, who was born with Tessier Cleft Palate. Lacey has been an incredible caregiver and advocate, and not just for her own children: she recently completed law school so that she can help other families with kids with disabilities.
Read her son Christian's nomination below:
My name is Christian, and I am six years old. My nana is writing this for me. I was born with Tessier Cleft Palate which has left me blind and using a feeding tube. My Mother (Lacey Buchanan) gave birth to me when other people were telling her I should be aborted. I am now a very healthy and happy little boy because my mother fought for me even before I was born and still continues to fight for me and my health care, so that I might be treated as any child should be treated.
Since my birth and the birth of my younger brother Chandler my mother has completed college at MTSU and gotten her law degree so she can represent all families who have children with disabilities. I have already been through a number of surgeries with more in my future. I attend therapy twice a week, and I attend the Nashville School for the Blind 3 days a week which my Mother drives me too, and has also enrolled me in karate which is so much fun. All of these things are very time consuming but she does all of this with a smile because she loves me so much.
My Mother is a wonderful person and as a wife, and a young Christian woman she is very special to everyone who knows her. I thank God that I am blessed to have her as my mother so I think she deserves to be awarded "Mother of the Year" because she believes that God and family always come first.
TJC is honored to recognize Lacey as a 2017 Mother of the Year for her tireless efforts to ensure her son's health care needs are met.