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Mended Little Hearts of Central Virginia

After a routine ultrasound twenty weeks into her pregnancy, Jodi Lemacks heard the words no parent ever wants to hear: Your baby has a heart defect. It is one hundred percent fatal unless he has three open-heart surgeries. She and…

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FRIENDS Association For Children

When she was two, Zemon Briggs’ mother enrolled her and her siblings in childcare, summer programs, and other enrichment activities at FRIENDS Association for Children in Richmond. As a young adult, FRIENDS helped Briggs apply for college scholarships and loans.…

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Family Lifeline

For Eva, her role as a certified nursing assistant with Family Lifeline’s Home Care program is more than just a job. Eva’s position at Family Lifeline, a personalized support program for children, parents, and seniors, led her to a second…

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Greater Richmond Fit4Kids

Clementines, cucumbers, mini-carrots, and apples served at after-school activities; kids participating in organized activities during recess; a child riding a stationary bike while reading in class. Lofty goals or reality? “This is the kind of energy we’re trying to bring…

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NOVA of Virginia Aquatics

With four boys ages four through twelve, Beth Cornwell is a busy mom. Her daily focus is keeping her family organized and active, and NOVA of Virginia Aquatics plays an important role. Sons Quinn and Matthew swim on the NOVA…

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Virginia Home for Boys and Girls

Tykara Evans was given up for adoption at four months old and spent most of her early years in the child welfare system.After unsuccessful foster care placements, 17-year-old Tykara was placed in a group home at Virginia Home for Boys…

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Starlight Children

Last Election Day, a staffer at Starlight Children's Foundation MidAtlantic visited a local children's hospital and met Mason. A frequent flier, Mason had just celebrated his ninth birthday and was fighting his forty-fourth case of pneumonia. Spying the staffer's I…

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Dominion School for Autism

Imagine that your child has just been diagnosed with autism, a neurodevelopmental disability that impacts one in 88 children in the United States and 90,000 individuals in the state of Virginia. "It was like being kicked in the teeth," says…

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Cleo Winters is raising three young boys in the City of Richmond. As a mother and pediatrician, she knows how important it is for her children to experience nature and stay active, and she has found a perfect way to…

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