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Unsung Hero: Tim Kavanaugh



February is Parent Recognition Month. Strengthening Families Washington, of the Department of Early Learning for Washington State, believes there is no better way to recognize a parent, grandparent, foster or adoptive parent than by acknowledging the numerous and impressive things they do to strengthen their family and those around them in their community.

Seattle’s Child is proud to sponsor the Washington Unsung Hero Awards, recognizing our everyday heroes and honoring the important role caregivers play in children’s lives. There are 28 nominees for the 28 days of February, and Seattle’s Child will highlight each and every one.


Congratulations to the Unsung Hero for February 15


Tim Kavanaugh - Graham


I am very excited and honored to nominate Tim Kavanaugh for the Unsung Hero Award. Tim has been caring for his 7-year-old grandson for the last year-and-a-half. This has not always been easy on Tim and his family, yet Tim continues to strive for the best for his grandson.

Tim has sacrificed a lot to keep his family together, but in speaking with him about this, he wouldn't have done it any other way. Family is what’s most important to him. Tim is the epitome of an advocate—he will exhaust all efforts in making his voice heard for the betterment of his grandson.

I’ve always thoroughly enjoyed interacting with Tim via email and phone, but it wasn't until I met him and his grandson in person, that I was able to truly see the love that they have for one another. Riley looks up to Tim in a way that will tug at your heartstrings. For the first time in his life, Riley has been offered a stable home.

I wish there was more that I could do to honor Tim and his family. It is because of people like Tim and Riley that I continue to do the work that I do. On behalf of the Samish Indian Nation, we are extremely thankful and fortunate for Tim and the care he is providing his grandson.


Nominator:  Ana Cortez


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