As the country waits to see how the healthcare bill plays out, these mothers in Atlanta are joining forces to provide resources and spread awareness of the realities families with special needs children or relatives face. On November 4, 2017, Our Children’s Story will host The 1st Annual Purple and Green Gala: Charity Event in Atlanta, GA with Queen Nola of Caring Hearts & Hands Foundation as its host.
Our Children’s Story began in 2010 as a support group, founded by Libra Hicks, where moms of special needs children would get together, vent, share things, and bounce ideas off of each other. Due to scheduling and care conflicts, it became a resource hub. When the non-profit ran out of funds to provide assistance to families of those with special needs children for instances like bills or shelter or host their community events like mommy makeovers, they decided to raise funds with their first gala. The night is to include entertainment, food, a silent auction, and an award show recognizing those who have impacted the special needs community through advocacy and politics
Dianna “Queen Nola” Adams will be the host for the evening. Adams also has a non-profit that provides services and resources for individuals and family with special needs and disabilities, Caring Hearts & Hands Foundation.
“As a mother and advocate of two children with special needs, I am honored to be a part of such an amazing event bringing awareness to Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy. No matter the diagnosis as a single mother, it’s great to connect with others who are raising and caring for children and young adults with (dis)Abilities as Libra Hicks would say. My passion lies in helping uplift, empower, motivate, encourage, and serve as a pillar of help for others enduring such challenges that can lead to a variety of hardships making the recovery process very difficult due to the many expenses financially incurred with having special needs children,” Queen Nola says. “My daughter, Arrianna, 9-yrs old was born 100% blind and later diagnosed with autism and ADHD, which led to a long journey of treatment and care. Joseph, my son, was born during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina leaving me to endure yet another high risk natural delivery. Joseph suffered with PKU, chronic asthma, emotional anxiety, digestive system not developed properly, which also led to long term care and treatment. Although their testimonies and health record is longer than written, it is a blessing to be their mother. Both are highly intelligent and maintain good grades and behavior in school.”
Hicks plans to host more events like a cruise and an inclusion camp in the near future. Sponsorship opportunities are still available for this event. Visit https://www.purpleandgreengala.org/.