More about Angela and her cause: Angela has volunteered for 12 years as head nurse for the association’s Camp Horizon program. The association mission is to enhance the quality of life for all people with Down syndrome by empowering individuals, families and professionals with information and support through education, social programs and community partnerships. As head nurse, Angela leads a team of volunteers, schedules nurse rotations, helps with medical emergencies and helps provide an overall safe atmosphere at Camp Horizon. She has been a NASCAR fan for more than 40 years. She likes “old-school drivers” like Darrell Waltrip but she’s also keeping a close eye on up-and-coming driver Hallie Deegan. Funds received from winning the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award would help expand the Camp Horizon day-camp program to new area in the Charlotte region.
In Angela’s words: “The children we see at Camp Horizon are so inspiring. Down syndrome kids just want to be kids and at Camp Horizon, they can be. I started volunteering for the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte in 2007 and at the time I was a new graduate nurse working in an emergency department in the area. I did not know a lot about Down syndrome and can honestly say I was nervous about working with these children. But, it only took about five minutes for me to see how truly special the children were. From the second I arrived at camp, I knew I had made the right choice. My time working with the association and the kids at camp has genuinely made me a better person and nurse. This work is so rewarding.”