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Unsung Hero: Shira Bray confronts multiple challenges like a warrior

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.

Shira Bray, Seattle (3 nominations)

Shira is a warrior!Every day she faces multiple challenges creating a happy, safe home for her two daughters; of which onehas multiple special needs.Coordinating medical care, getting the right answers from doctors, staying up all night or simply finding the right music to soothe a frustrated child; Shira fights each battle, sometimes alone and other times with the help of her support network.She truly is the definition of Unsung Hero!

Nominator: Jim King

I would like to nominate Shira Bray.She is everything I could hope to be.The way she takes care of her daughters — one with special needs — is amazing.

Nominator: William Beukema

I nominate Shira Bray for all she sacrifices for her daughter Oramae.

Oramae has Down syndrome, severe brain damage, cerebral palsy and blindness. Little Oramae can do nothing for herself. Ever since she was born, Shira and her husband, Kevin, have done everything for this little girl. She just turned 8 years old.

Nominator: Carolann Bray

More Unsung Heroes:

Megan Guardino shares her personal story to inspire others

Ashley Ewings, military mom has built a community far from home

The Vargos, a foster/adopt family with love beyond compare

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