Due to COVID, UltraGroup was unable to send each program their traditional Christmas gift this year. Instead, they asked the programs to select a charity of their choice and UG would make a donation to that charity on behalf of the program. UltraGroup was so pleased to contribute to so many worthy charities. One in particular moved everyone deeply.
Stephanie Coleman, with New Directions, at Dodge County Hospital, Georgia, requested that we donate to Addi’s Legacy. This charity is organized by, Karla Jones, a Registered Nurse that has been with New Directions since 2014. Karla is the mother of 3 little girls. One of those little girls, Addi, was born on December 22, 2009, with Heterotaxy, a rare birth defect that involves the heart and other organs. Seventeen days after her birth, and multiple complicated surgeries, Addi passed away. In her honor, Karla has organized multiple fundraisers each year to keep Addison’s memory alive, and to help other mothers who are going through the same thing. Every year she creates Christmas t-shirts that have Addison’s footprints on them. The money from the sales of the shirts goes to Gatewood RMH of Atlanta & CHOA-Egleston CICU. A couple of years ago, Channel 13 in Macon, GA, did a short story on Karla and her memory boxes that she takes to Atlanta every month. These boxes hold special things that Karla picks out for other mothers, like footprint kits, blankets, picture frames, journals, and more. Losing a child is a mother’s worst fear but what Karla has done to keep Addi’s memory alive and teach others about Heterotaxy Syndrome is deeply moving. Everyone at New Directions is very thankful for UltraGroup’s donation and for helping Karla keep Addi’s memory alive once again.
Click here to find out more, or to donate to Addi’s Legacy.