Congratulations Pat! You are our Hometown Champ and you will be heading to the NAACP Image Awards!!!
Patricia Ann McCollum, has had more than 70-plus foster care children over the past 21 years and is a long-time advocate for foster care children in the United States. Ms. McCollum also adopted six of her foster children. All of them special, but none more in need than DJ McCollum, now her adopted son. DJ was a burn victim as a baby when his sibling threw a match in his crib and set him ablaze on his first birthday. He was a severely disabled child when Ms. Pat took him at 7 years old. She made sure DJ had over 12 operations, prosthetic limbs, and an education that any other child would have. Although DJ could not speak or hear very well, Ms. McCollum found a way to communicate with him (see their story in USA Today). http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-06-09/adoption-disabled-child-defy-experts/55480942/1
Also Cincinnati Herald /Enquirer June 6 2012 “8 steps to success”