Nominations for TJC’s Community Moms
Do you want to nominate your mom, neighbor, friend, or other mothers you know?
· Kids aged 3-9 can submit a drawing or photo that shows why their nominee is their health care hero.
· Kids aged 10 and up can submit a short essay (300 words or less) saying why their nominee is their special health care hero.
· Adults can help! Friends and family can, of course, send in a nomination as well.
Submissions should include a photo of the child and their nominee with the nominee’s name, the child’s name, phone number, and address. (We apologize, but photos cannot be returned). Submissions should be mailed to Tennessee Justice Center, 211 7th Ave N. #100, Nashville, TN 37219, or you can email your nominations to email@example.com and include a digital picture of the child and the nominee. Nominations must be received by April 17th, 2018.
Previous Community Mothers of the Year
Though Barbara has taken care of and provided for her grandsons– Justin, Andrew, and Nathan– their whole lives, she became their legal guardian in January 2012. The kids say that without their grandmother, whom they call “Nanna,” they would have been separated and placed in foster homes.
Barbara is learning that caring for three boys is not easy, especially when they have special needs and she has disabilities herself. Barbara says, “I am trying to make up for all the bad things they have gone through.” Barbara’s courage and love for her grandchildren is making a positive difference in their lives. She says, “All they need is love and understanding, and they have already responded and are doing better.”
Angie Quinn-Clark is many things: an active duty soldier stationed in Fort Campbell, KY, a dedicated wife, an amazing mother, and a tireless advocate. Angie lives in Clarksville with her husband, Curtis Clark, a retired soldier with more than twenty years of experience, and their four children- Cathy, Brianna, Curtis Jr., and Tamorra. Unlike many other children Tamorra’s age, her history is marked by a long list of medical needs. Tamorra is a quadriplegic with severe Cerebral Palsy, which is exacerbated by epileptic seizures. Most importantly, Tamorra needs someone to be her voice at all times to ensure she receives the physical, emotional, and medical attention needed to stay healthy, happy, and thriving. Angie has literally devoted her life to Alisha’s care, saying, “Keeping her at home, keeping her alive has been my primary focus.”
In July of 2014 Callie Briley gave birth to her third child, a baby girl, Lizzie Kay. Callie and her husband Justin also had a 5-year-old named Hunter and a 2-year-old named Taylor. They left the hospital with a 5-year-old about to start Kindergarten, a newborn, and a newly diagnosed 2-year-old type one diabetic. 3 months after Taylor’s diagnosis, Hunter began showing the same symptoms. They were headed to the hospital once again. There Hunter was diagnosed type one diabetic as well. There is almost no help from the government with the average healthcare cost of treating a child with type 1 diabetes – an average of $9,300 a year. Now multiply that by 2 for the Briley family. Callie says, “The government does not see this disease as a disability and therefore they do not offer help. Even if you have multiple children. However we serve an amazing God and somehow every month we have been able to get their supplies. Even if that means digging in the couch for pennies.”