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ATLANTA (October 25, 2016) As an assistant DeKalb County attorney, La’Keitha Carlos already has a full plate of responsibilities. That didn’t stop the 2000 graduate of Clark Atlanta University (CAU) from adding another labor of love on her to-do list. Carlos recently launched a local chapter of It’s My Birthday, a charity which holds spectacular birthday parties for children battling serious illness.
The extravagant celebrations are complete with a personalized gift for the child, a birthday cake and other party essentials all kids should have the opportunity to enjoy. For children too sick to interact with anyone other than medical personnel, Carlos’ organization will pack the entire birthday party in a box and deliver it to the hospital. Of course, the kids are kept in the dark until the moment of the big reveal, and their reaction is priceless. It’s been a mix of surprise, excitement and disbelief at the kindness of strangers. The program not only gives these special children a birthday to remember, it lightens the financial and emotional burden of their parents.
“Having a birthday brunch or party is something many of us take for granted,” said Carlos. “Many kids have never celebrated their birthdays with a cake or balloons, let alone an entire party. Starting this organization in Atlanta has been the greatest gift I could have been given, and as a mother it blesses me every time I see these kids smile. It also reminds me how important the work we do really is,” she continued.
Carlos began the Atlanta chapter in the summer of 2016 and is already catching the attention of some influential backers. The group recently partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to help create surprise birthday celebrations. It’s My Birthday also just received a grant from the Atlanta Braves Foundation to support its mission. The group’s board of directors consists of seven members, five of whom are CAU alumni. The first chapter was founded in Miami in 2013 by Lucy Prosper and Liz Augustin. The nonprofit is sustained by the gifts of individuals and corporations. So far it has served more than 100 children who would otherwise not have a birthday celebration.Category: Alumni
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