I have known Sherice since she was 2 years old. She is the best mom, nurse, friend, granddaughter, niece etc! When called upon she drops everything and is there for all! I have held her during the worst and stood next to her (maid of honor) during the best moments!!! During the last year she has worked in the ER to keep everyone alive during this pandemic and has held hands and cried with those lost! After that she goes home and home schools her babies and still has time to drop this mom off cookies to let me know I’m still in her thoughts! We have all felt the worst loss (my son/her sibling) and she still comes out the most caring individual I know!!! When I get old or sick I know without a doubt she will be there for me and my family like she has always been! (Gone to U of M with us for papas cancer visits). This lady deserves the world and I hope she knows how much she means to us all!! Love you baby! Keep up the great work!! This Mom/Gma is proud!! Xoxo
When I first heard “The Highway” on Holly Williams album, several years ago , I was co-hosting a live morning radio show 5 days a week, up at 3:30 in the morning every day, always exhausted, and playing under 25 shows a year. I felt like my soul was suffering, because I wasn’t on stage doing what God put me here to do. I was also training for a half marathon and had her album on a loop in my earbuds at that time and I would start just weeping while I was running every time “The Highway“ came up. I’m sure it was a sight to behold. I saw Holly at the Opry and I told her how much I loved and wanted to cut the song. But for some reason I held off – until now.
In between the sound-checks, standing ovations, encores and autographs there are endless hours of driving, bad hotels and rushed meals. But, with experience comes perspective and somewhere along the line, touring became part of who I am.
I may not have been born on the road, but I grew up there.
This song captures what most musicians are feeling. It’s an honor to sing a song I wished I’d written. This past year has taken a toll on so many levels for so many people. Within our industry, with our fans, bands, crews, bus companies, venues, the list goes on. We are here to give people an escape and lift them up with live music and the ultimate connection between an artist and audience has been snuffed out, during a time we have all needed it most. I wanted to record this to remind my fans I love them and we will be back. – Terri
Donna is a front line worker who has devoted her heart and passion to her job at a long term care home. She gave up her Christmas with our family to work. She has created fun and entertaining events and activities for the residents to enjoy the good things in life through the pandemic. She has helped arrange virtual family visits. She is always thinking of others and genuinely loves her job. She was happy to roll up her sleeve to get vaccinated! Thank you Donna for your dedication to those you support.
I know this isn’t a typical job to be nominated for, but my husband does high rise building maintenance and has worked every single day without fail, (except when he got COVID). He has gone in and changed out old faucets with hands free faucets, added automatic door openers, installed hand sanitizer stations and done his best to keep his building and the people in it safe. All while doing all the other things that needed to get done (like unclogging toilets). It’s people like him who aren’t getting the recognition like others do, and it would be awesome to see it happen! He is my hero.
Karleigh goes beyond her duties as a nurse… we work in a Longterm Care home in Hamilton Ontario and Karleigh is the nurse on our dementia unit. She has been working 16 hour shifts because we are short staffed most of the time putting aside that she is dealing with her own medical issues she still puts our residents first. We had managed to keep Covid 19 from affecting our unit since March because of Karleigh’s motivation to keep these residents safe… (keeping our fingers crossed this can continue.) We all appreciate your support for all of us frontline workers!
Lisa is a LVN in a un and under insured clinic in Austin Texas. In Texas, Covid has gone crazy and my sister is right in middle of the test. In addition to taking care of patients she works on several doctor’s caseloads. Lisa is an extremely hard and dedicated LVN and deserves to be recognized for all she has done for the people of Texas!
K.T. Oslin was a force and a trailblazer, who created, what I consider, one of the finest songs in the history of country music. I was so honored to sing “80’s Ladies” on the Grand Ole Opry recently. She will be missed dearly!
I’d like to nominate my older sister Courtney for her kind soul, willingness to help others, and persistence during the pandemic. My sister didn’t have a traditional college graduation in 2020, as it was in the middle of the pandemic, but that didn’t stop her from persisting through obstacles that came her way. After graduating, she got a job at Recovery Centers of America to help people struggling with addiction. It’s not an easy job, but she still comes home smiling and grateful that she has the opportunity to help people. She has a shining and caring personality that immediately lights up every room and touches every soul. It’s because of her selflessness and her ability to keep persisting through challenges that I look up to her!
Wade MacDonald’s Tribute to Jackie Moses MacDonald:
I would like to nominate Jackie because of her heart and compassion during this pandemic. She has had to endure so much as a nurse in the ER, yet she continues to show up and lead by example. Even on her days off, she is answering questions from friends and family who are scared. She is providing comfort to those she knows who have tested positive. She takes precautions when coming home to protect others. She continues to provide care every day and has even taken up a teaching position in addition to her job so she can pass her knowledge on to future nurses. Nurse Jackie is simply amazing!!!
I would like to nominate my brother Kurt Russell Francis. He has been involved in both Gulf Wars and Operation Enduring Freedom. He suffers from PTSD due to this. He is a tractor trailer driver. He goes to work everyday delivering needed supplies to companies. Unfortunately he has lost a kidney recently and is suffering from prostate cancer but still finds the strength everyday(well, almost everyday)to get up at 5:00 AM and work 10 hour days. He battles everyday and just recently in November contacted COVID19. He did his two week quarantine but was back to work. During the Christmas rush he worked 6 days a week at 10-11 hours a day. I don‚Äôt know how he does it. At 58 years old he does more in one week in his condition than people half his age. We can only hope and pray he can be with us for at least another 20 years. Thank you for your time in reading this.
Meet Angela, she is an awesome cashier at a local grocery store and she is always smiling. She uplifts everyone which is especially welcome during these times. Angela is so awesome that she gave out tea to customers waiting in line to get into the store just to bring a little light into their day. She hopes to provide everyone with a bit of comfort and Angela is also a really big Paul McCartney fan who also sings The Beatles to her customers. She is the sweetest cashier ever and fills the store with so much positivity and joy! Angela has given over 5,000 teabags and way over 10,000 boxes of tea. She provides comfort to all especially in these times.
2020 was more than a trying year….. more than a heartbreaking one. And like so many of you, I’m choosing to believe that the saying, “it’s always darkest before the dawn” will ring true. And while we wait for that to emerge, I wanted to shine a little pre-dawn light on some incredible humans for a series of “Frontline Friday” posts featuring people others have brought to my attention as being true heroes.
For this brand new year, and the first Friday of 2021, I reached out to one of my best friends and my personal hero, Tonda Galttana, who is serving and sacrificing herself year-round in the medical community. I could think of no one better to write about a hero, than a hero.
These are her words and I’m honored to post them on her behalf and to personally thank Dr. Kankanala for all his hard work and for reminding us that hard times don’t create heroes, they reveal them. – Terri
From a distance, it’s easy for some to be blasé about medical professionals, ‘Well, he’s a doctor, he’s in the business of saving people’s lives, that’s what he gets paid to do.’ This is true. However, like in any profession, there are doctors who punch a clock who you wouldn’t send your mother-in-law to, and then there are Doctors like Dr. K (as he is known). The way in which he conducts himself with his patients is a sight to behold and heartwarming to witness. He has a gift.
In P.C. times (pre-Covid) it wasn’t just the extra time he took to listen to his patients and their families; what set him apart (and still does) is his innate ability to make every patient feel as if they are the only person in the room. They never feel like a number on his case load. His work is his calling and he seldom takes time off for himself. He treats people for free if they have no insurance and cannot afford to pay. He advocates for his patients so that they will receive the best possible care under his watch. He is funny and easy to talk to and exudes warmth and compassion always. He absolutely loves his patients, and they feel it.
Some of the elderly women he treats call him their boyfriend and rush to put on just the right shade of lipstick when he comes and they never let him leave without a hug.
They are not his obligation, they are his privilege; he has always been their hero.
Fast forward to Covid Times and Dr. K is on the front line at Baylor Hospital’s COVID unit. Every day he fighting to save people’s lives, all the while risking his own health and well-being. For anyone to be able to not only maintain their composure but to also be a calming, reassuring presence during a catastrophic time when they are quarantined away from their family and friends is truly miraculous.
He is their doctor, but has also taken on the role of their lifeline.
Dr. Kankanala has suffered physically and emotionally but all in private. I recently asked him if all of what he sees every day makes him want to cry. He replied, “yes, but I don’t.”