Sometimes life gets in the way of fulfilling our dreams. Then, when you least expect it, a few remarkable and caring individuals make your dream come true.
Yvonne Hudson grew up in a small North Carolina community working for Wake Forest/Rolesville Middle School as an office aide. Back then, the office aide played many roles and often took care of those kids who became sick at school. This role as caregiver played a special part in Yvonne's dream to be a nurse, but work and family came first, and so her dream was left unfulfilled.
The partners of our C2C community at The Oaks at Whitaker Glenn/Mayview, wanted to fulfill Ms. Hudson's dream. They reached out to our community and asked for help. Wake Tech Community College, who utilizes Mayview for their Nursing Students clinical experience, offered to contribute their time and effort to making Ms. Hudson's dream come true. Wake Tech Community college provided a nursing Pin and stethoscope. Castle Uniforms, who used social media to reach out to the community, donated a full white nursing uniform and nurse's cap. The Mayview staff provided memorabilia and the Nurse's degree along with stories and memories from Ms. Hudson's life and times.
On February 21st, the communities came together for Ms. Hudson, along with her family, friends, and Wake Tech Community College staff and students, for the presentation event awarding Ms. Hudson as an Honorary Nurse with a traditional cap and pinning ceremony for her lifelong role of serving others.
While discussing Ms. Hudson's life and career, we discovered that Ms. Hudson was the Office Aide when our current Administrator was a student at Wake Forest/Rolesville Middle School. Our Administrator brought in her old yearbooks, which showed Ms. Hudson's role duing that time.
Ms. Hudson told us of a story of a little boy who came to her office claiming to have a fever. Ms. Hudson said she put the thermometer in his mouth and stepped out to get his file. When she returned, she took out the thermometer and it was red all the way to the top. Ms. Hudson said she told the boy to get back to class, if his fever was that high he should be dead. She shared many stories like this with us but said this was her best.
Life has a ·way of bringing us full circle, showing us how we can make a difference in someone's life. Ms. Hudson and her family were overjoyed and it was our joy to fulfill her Second Wind Dream. Ms. Hudson was tickled when she asked if she could keep the uniform. Of course, we told her it was hers to keep and that the community came together just to recognize her and fulfill her life's dream.