As the owner of Hearts & Hands of Care, I would like to share my inspiration for wanting to help others. To those who don’t know me, this is my story. At the age of 16, I became pregnant with my daughter Kadijah, who was born with the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck twice, causing severe brain damage, “which in the end was the cause of her cerebral palsy”. Kadijah is now 23 years old and has had various difficulties with her cerebral palsy. One of our recent obstacles to date was on April 13th, 2005, when Kadijah received spinal surgery for her severe case of scoliosis. She has recovered well, but still has obstacles to overcome.

I have learned many important lessons in my 23 years with Kadijah–the most important one being patience. For a young mother whose motivation was to accomplish any task the first time and not waiting a minute over, this was my greatest challenge. My second obstacle was acceptance for things we are truly powerless to change. Until Kadijah came along, I did not believe I would ever know the true meaning of “powerless.” To watch her, unable to talk or walk, is to ultimately know what it is to be powerless.

I am eternally grateful for the gift of life and the many lessons, she has brought to my life.

To all of you, this is simply a little piece of me. All the best and thanks for reading.

Kisha Smaw

Hearts & Hands of Care, Inc.

In Loving Memory Of

Kadijah Alexander