MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala (WHNT) - It's a place dedicated to mending broken hearts. The Healing Place helps children and their families deal with grief after the death of a loved one. Kay Parker is the woman behind this organization. She says she saw a need and wanted to help.
"I was working at the cancer center seeing patients and realized the need for a place for grief support especially for children after the death of a loved one. It's one of the very hardest parts of life to make an adjustment to," said Parker.
The Healing Place opened in 2002 and has served 3,500 families. The center currently serves 400 children in three different counties in north Alabama
A coworker noticed Parker's dedication and entered her in the Health Mart Champions of Care challenge.
"I came in one day and the executive director said you are in the top ten in this competition," said Parker.
Every year, the nationwide competition grants one community leader thirty thousand dollars to go towards an organization of their choice.
Parker says if she wins, the money would help the healing center maintain its services and continue to help families across north Alabama.
"I appreciate this opportunity to get the word out about the healing place. Because it's a very important place. We want more people to know so
they can get help when they need it," said Parker.