Seattle's Child is proud to once again sponsor the Unsung Heroes being honored in February by the Department of Children, Youth and Families Strengthening Families Washington.
Every day this month we'll present an Unsung Hero.
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.
Kasey Gonzalez, Tumwater
Kasey came into my life approximately a year ago when she moved to Washington from Texas. She gave up a dream job, her friends and family to give her son better services to support him in his autism diagnosis.
Since Kasey has been here, she has become part of our Helping Parent family at South Sound Parent to Parent. She supports other parents in our community, easing their stress by sharing her knowledge and reaching out to other moms that are going through the same diagnosis.
Her son's favorite thing is the "Toy Story" movie. She knew that he would want to see the new "Toy Story 4" but also knew her son would be disruptive to the general public. She thought outside of the box and contacted the Yelm Cinemas and asked for a sensory-friendly showing that all children with a disability or developmental delay could enjoy. Yelm Cinemas were ecstatic and it was a wonderful day for many families. Since then, Yelm has continued to do sensory-friendly movies for other big events.
Kasey has also spent the last three months volunteering at her local school district to provide knowledge and support for her son's future school.
They say everything in Texas is big. When the Gonzales family moved here they left a big hole in Texas, but Washington gained a big heart filled with love, respect, friendship and pure kindness in Kasey and her family.
Nominator: Sylvia Davenport