At Independence Bank our passion has always been about people. This is why we have a sincere desire to make a difference in the communities we serve. Each month, through written and video content, we will spotlight a different charity with the idea of sparking a revolution that is compassionate about people in need in our community. We hope this campaign not only shines a light on local organizations serving our region, but also inspires you to be a part of the revolution!
For Michelle Cox, the trip from her family’s hometown in Big Sandy, Tennessee to Murray, Kentucky takes an hour one way. Nearly 40 miles to and 40 more miles home, sometimes two, three or four times a week. It might be enough to deter some people, but not her.
Because this 80-mile drive gets Michelle to a place where she can watch her 28-year-old son Tyler do what he loves—play sports. And play sports he does…basketball and bowling, golf and soccer, swimming and softball, track and field—Tyler has participated in nearly every sport that the Murray Delegation of the Special Olympics has to offer him and other people in the region with intellectual disabilities.
In 2016, Kentucky ranked among the top five states for the highest rates of death due to drug overdose, according to the Centers for Disease Control. In the same year, the Commonwealth’s Office of Vital Statistics reported 1,404 people died as a result of drug overdose. In McCracken County alone, the numbers hover around 20 deaths per year since 2012.
Now, another statistic to consider: For every one person that is granted admittance into the Paducah Lifeline Ministries and Ladies Living Free recovery program, four are turned away.
On a sunny summer day, there is much hustle and bustle in the house. The kids are preparing for a fun day out—a trip to see a movie and then to the park to play. The adults are helping the little ones pick out appropriate outfits to wear, combing hair, brushing teeth, and tying shoelaces.
When they return, tired and excited from the day’s activities, there is washing up for supper together, music lessons afterward for some and practicing sports for others.
It functions as much like a traditional family unit as possible: adults working tirelessly to show love to children, to mold and shape a next generation, to let kids be kids.