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A Loss Is Now A Legacy

Kate’s Club is a place where children can have the space and opportunity to carry on the legacy of the loved one they have lost.  This was the mission of Kate Atwood when she first quit her job to focus entirely on her newly founded club.  Kate lost her mother to breast cancer when she…

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Giving Back

Kate’s Club has grown by leaps and bounds since the very first days of bowling trips and meeting at Barnes and Noble.  Much of that growth has been made possible by the support of the many volunteers who believe in the mission of the club.  One such person, Thomas Smith, was new to Atlanta and…

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Happy, Healing and Healthy

The death of a parent is always a traumatic experience for anyone who has had to live through it. Those emotions are only compounded when you have had to witness that death first hand. Ginger Florey-Powell was only 9 years old when she and her brother survived the car accident that took their mother. She…

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Those Who Understand

  When Ashley Thomas lost her mother she, like Kate’s Club founder Kate Atwood, she was only 13 years old.  Being a young teenager is challenging enough during the best of times but can become incredibly difficult when you are missing one of your parents. Unfortunately, at that time there were no programs available for…

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The Beneficial Nature of a Two-Way Street

Christie Carden knew the pain of loss at a young age.  As a junior in high school she lost her father.  At seventeen years old she struggled to find meaning to the emotions moving through her yet gave up on her fight after only four counseling sessions, needing instead to be “strong for her family”. …

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Six Years Gone

  Lt. Col. Paul Finken died in Iraq in 2006, leaving behind his wife, Jackie, and their three daughters, Emilie, Caroline and Julia, to figure out which things can heal.  This is a must read article by Leslye Davis and Sarah Kramer in The New York Times.  I really admire the mother’s commitment to not…

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Happy Holidays?

I believe in the concept of the Holidays (whether it be Christmas, Hanukkah, winter solstice, Eid, etc).  The Holidays can offer us a sense of context is a busy world. Familiar holiday traditions can offer a sense of comfort.  Sharing the Holidays with family members or friends can offer a greater sense of community. What…

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Turning grief into action

Paul and Sheila Wellstone campaigning from the back of Sen. Wellstone’s legendary green and white campaign bus. On Oct. 25, 2002, the Wellstone’s along with their daughter Marcia, three campaign aides – Tom Lapic, Mary McEvoy and Will McLaughlin- and the plane’s two pilots were killed in a plane crash in their home state of…

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Happy birthday dad

My dad would have been 64 years old today. It’s also the 20th anniversary of the last Presidential election that he voted in since he chose to take his life nine months before his birthday and the 1996 Presidential election. It’s strange, but I can’t ever remember us discussing politics. I feel confident that he…

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2012 Philanthropic Leader of Tomorrow

Many congratulations to LeighAnn Costley, former Board Chair of Kate’s Club.  On October 25th, 2012 LeighAnn was honored as the 2012 Philanthropic Leader of Tomorrow at the National Philanthropy Day Luncheon held at the Georgia Aquarium.  Toni Friess Millner, also a former Kate’s Club Board Chair, introduced LeighAnn to a packed ballroom. LeighAnn was recognized…

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