Kathy Wilfong provides nursing support and services to the intellectually and developmentally disabled population, a community of individuals that many fear due to a lack of understanding of their basic needs. But Kathy treats them with the same respect and care as she would anyone.
Several of Kathy’s clients are nonverbal or have speech impediments, but that has never stopped her from finding a way to connect to those she cares for. She has worked tirelessly over the past eight years to bridge the gap between her patients and the community. In fact, she often works as their ambassador, campaigning for adequate medical treatment and normalcy from the community. She even devotes one weekend every three months to coaching her patients in the WV Special Olympicsin addition to catering to their medical needs.
Going above and beyond is all in a day’s work for Kathy. One day, Kathy took it upon herself to go to a local store and buy garden supplies and flowers so that one of the many homes she routinely travels to would have a welcoming, manicured lawn. Kathy’s heart is always in the right place and she embraces the challenge of turning a negative situation into a positive one. Her work with her patients, who often come from abusive backgrounds, inspires people like me to do better, to be patient in the face of adversity, and to believe there is no obstacle too complicated to overcome. Her warmth, caring and generosity reflects in the faces of those she serves.