CVI Trustee Joan H. Buchanan presents the Sarah Woolf CVI Spirit Award to Sanequa Lambert.
The Sarah Woolf CVI Spirit Award is presented annually to a CVI client who demonstrates a courageous spirit that inspires others. Created by CVI’s Board of Trustees, this award honors the memory of Sarah Woolf, who demonstrated exceptional courage and spirit in spite of grave health challenges. Sarah was the daughter of Bill and Donna Woolf. Bill, CVI's Senior Vice President who joined the CVI staff in 1990.
Sarah was a junior in high school when she died from bone cancer in March 2002. During the last year of her life, she endured chemotherapy every three weeks and twice-a-day radiation treatment for six consecutive weeks. Despite these painful intrusions into her life, Sarah remained focused on living as fully as possible. She demonstrated this focus by earning all A's while taking the most challenging courses available and by her relentless optimism in the face of her life-threatening disease. It is her determination to excel and her joyous approach to life that the Center celebrates and remembers through this award.
This year’s award recipient is Sanequa Lambert and her 2-year-old son Kameron Taylor. Sanequa, much like Sarah Woolf, has been determined to not only overcome her own physical disability, but also assist her son in doing the same. Kameron was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and cortical visual impairment, developmental delay and seizure disorder.
While at an appointment at Hughes Spalding Hospital (Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta), Sanequa was referred to CVI’s BEGIN program for additional help with her son. Kameron has been a part of the BEGIN program since he was about 14 months old and he will be 3-years-old in August. “When Sanequa first told me about her own birth history, it was in a matter of fact tone with a touch of humor,” said Memri Lerch, recently retired BEGIN Family Counselor. “We have learned that this ‘forging ahead’ in life is her way of life, and she expects the same of Kameron," Memri continued. "She pushes him to reach his full potential just as her mother pushed her.”
When Sanequa first found out that she and Kameron won the Sarah Woolf award she shared that she was very surprised. She said, "People said such nice things about me and my son. I never realize that so many people thought so highly of us.”
Kameron’s multiple-disabilities are more severe than Sanequa’s, but she is determined to expose him to all that life has to offer. “It is difficult, but I want to get him to where he needs to be,” she said. “I envision his future being a very independent one with him walking and playing ball in the park; and even participating in the Special Olympics. The sky is the limit!”
We congratulate Sanequa and Kameron. We know that with her determination and the support from CVI Kameron will indeed go a long way.