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Portrait of Serendipity

Each year the LEAD program leaders choose a theme class. The theme for the LEAD class of 2013 was serendipity. Merriam-Webster defines serendipity as “the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for”. We were told that there would be many examples in the present and future of serendipity in action. As…

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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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In Anticipation of Memorial Day…Captain Julie Cyr's Story

Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, is a day for honoring and remembering all Americans who have died while in military service.   Here’s a great remembrance of Benjamin Keating by his friend and fellow soldier Julie Cyr.  Julie shares her grief journey and the tremendous importance of telling your story. NPR Story Corps: Captain Julie…

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The Spirit of Kate's Club

This past Saturday was a magical one for Kate’s Club. 620 of our supporters gathered at the Loews Atlanta Hotel to celebrate our 10th Anniversary. We remain overwhelmed by the generosity of our guests. That evening we were able to raise over $240,000 that will go directly to Kate’s Club programs. Simply amazing. One highlight…

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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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Power of Positive Thinking

On this Mother’s Day, I’d like to share with you this Washington Post article my sister sent me.  The Mom in this story reminds me a lot of our Mom.  Also the accomplished gardener, she had no doubt she’d beat this breast cancer thing.  In the end, it took her body but I can’t tell…

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Mother's Day Is On The Way

In anticipation of Mother’s Day next week, be mindful of those friends and family who’ve lost a Mom.  Ask them if they plan to celebrate her memory on Mother’s Day or give them a hug and acknowledge their loss.  These are small, thoughtful gestures that have big impact. For the youngest of us addressing the…

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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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