SHE’S A NATURAL CAREGIVER, ALWAYS PUTTING OTHERS BEFORE HER OWN NEEDS.
Jennifer is a healthcare worker in Indianapolis, Indiana, and was nominated by her daughter Charlene. Charlene says, “She’s a natural caregiver, always putting others before her own needs. She’s worked for 15 years as a medical records specialist, helping patients, nurses, and doctors every day. In November 2020, she and my stepdad - a dialysis patient - were diagnosed with COVID and hospitalized. Mom came home after 3 separate hospitalizations, but my stepdad died December 14, 2020. She’s returned to work, continuing to help others, but I know some days are unbearable without her best friend.”
Charlene’s dream was to go to Howard University after high school but understood the challenges due to the high costs of attendance. Charlene says, “To offset my student loans, Mom took a part-time job at a fast-food restaurant just to ensure I had access to my dreams. Almost 25 years later, I continue to make my dreams reality, but I’m also grateful to be in a position to take care of my mom. My mom is the most amazing person I know. She’s always supported me and my dreams, even when she didn’t quite understand them. I’m everything I am today, in large part due to my mom.”
You are an incredibly special Viva Babe, Jennifer! Thank you for your priceless gift of caregiving and your generous heart!