Strengthening Families Washington 2017 Unsung Hero Rachel Anderson
Unsung Hero Rachel Anderson
Seattle's Child is proud to once again sponsor the Unsung Heroes being honored in February by the Department of Early Learning’s Strengthening Families Washington. Every day this month we'll present an Unsung Hero on seattleschild.com. Nominations are accepted from around the state and include biological parents, grandparents, foster and adoptive parents. Some volunteer at local schools; some have started nonprofit organizations; some mentor others in their communities. All honorees are true heroes - outstanding caregivers doing important work on behalf of children.
February 18, 2017
Honoree: Rachel Anderson, Port Angeles
Nominator: Priya Jayadev
Rachel Anderson epitomizes every quality of parenting recognized by the Unsung Hero Award. Over the past year while recovering from breast cancer treatments and providing care to her husband as he battled with throat cancer, Rachel has been the primary caregiver for their two sons including one with special needs. She has been the force who insured that the family maintained a "normal" day-to-day life, stayed connected with friends, and received the educational and/or medical focus that each needed to succeed.
Rachel mobilized her network of friends through social media, one-on-one conversations and every other means available in order to get the kids to school even when she and her husband were wiped out. She made sure that every medical appointment was covered, but that travelling over 2½ hours to get to appointments did not wear on the family – preventing meltdowns through careful planning and execution! Rachel made sure that the medical needs of her child with autism and epilepsy did not get lost in the fray of more imminent medical issues.
Through all this, Rachel maintained a positive attitude yet relied on friend’s shoulders when “things got too heavy.” She even continued to advocate for other families who had special needs children through continued leadership in local parent network groups. In short, Rachel has been an amazing caregiver and community member who took on much more than any person should and did so with tremendous grace and fortitude!