At the age of 12, Kate Atwood lost her mother to breast cancer, and knows all too well how it feels to experience grief as a child. And while volunteering as a counselor to others at a bereavement camp in Virginia, it was then that Atwood noticed the positive impact someone could have with another individual who was also dealing with a similar circumstance.
In 2003, she founded the Atlanta based nonprofit Kate’s Club — an organization that helps children and teens face the death of a parent or sibling — and today, she is one of five extraordinary women nominated to receive this year’s 6th Annual DVF People’s Voice Award.
Featured as one of our My Best Self stories from 2011, although Kate has seen much success in her organization, founding this nonprofit wasn’t easy. One of the first programs offered was held at a local bowling alley with six children six adult volunteers. Today, Kate has a dedicated team, Board of Directors, advisors, ambassadors and an annual The Spirit of Kate’s Club Gala. This gala is a premier event held at Loews Atlanta hotel where more than 500 professionals and community leaders gather to celebrate others who embody the spirit of Kate’s Club.
Cast your vote by Sunday, March 29 at www.dvf.com.
For more information, visit www.katesclub.org