By day, Ivory Cloud teaches prekindergarten for children with special needs. By night, during weekends, and in any spare moments in between, you can find her coordinating events for kids with cancer and kids who have lost a parent to cancer. Spot a Mother's Day tea party or pajama party at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta? She's behind it, with her husband and daughters helping out. See someone advocating for young women to get preventative care if their mothers died of breast cancer? With the support of her family, that's her too.
"My mom, Lois Marie Heckstall, passed away from breast cancer on Mother's Day when I was nine," says Cloud. "She passed away so young she couldn't fulfill all her dreams. Now I want to help other people fulfill their dreams as a way of making sure my mom's legacy is out there."
This year alone, Ivory collected 135 pajama sets for kids at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. While she's constantly busy, she says her time with pediatric cancer patients nourishes her soul. "Doing this brings me so much joy. Community support and service is my mission," she says. "Supporting kids brings comfort to me and I leave feeling so fulfilled."