Pass the Cash - February 3, 2016: Courtney - News, Weather & Sports

Pass the Cash - February 3, 2016: Courtney

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Lots of hands make a heavy load lighter. In other words, whenever there is a problem in our community the more people that get involved to solve it the easier it is to find an answer to the problem.
Each Wednesday you help us tackle financial burdens for those in need in WAVE Country. This week we not only Pass the Cash, we try to help make a dream come true.

After 43 years of nursing, Virginia Bradford is still finding ways to care for those in need in WAVE Country. 

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“This young lady just touched my heart. She's really trying. She’s really determined,” Virginia said.

The young lady she was talking about is Courtney. Courtney's dream is to go to college.

“We are having more obstacles because she is homeless,” Virginia said. “She's been living with friends.”

Since 10th grade Courtney has cared for herself, doing all she could to go as far as she could. 

“Her dream is to get a college education, be a personal trainer,” Virginia said. “We've got her enrolled at the Bluegrass Technical College at UK. We've got her dorm. We're just waiting on financial aid.”

We can give a little aid - $300 from WAVE 3 News and an extra $5 from someone at a concert to pass to Courtney.

Virginia told Courtney to stop by because she wanted to share some news. She didn't know she meant WAVE 3 News.

“WAVE 3 has given me the opportunity to Pass the Cash to help you get down to UK girl,” Virginia said.

Each dollar brought Courtney closer to her dream. Her gratitude came in a whisper.

“It feels real good. It feels real good.  I'm not use to it. I'm not. It’s different. It's a change,” she said. “It's been a struggle. It’s been a real struggle.”
Reaching her dream may not be easy.

“Going to school for athletic training, it's going to be a lot of work but I'm ready for it,” Courtney said.

But it's beginning to feel like maybe it's possible.

“To finish college, go to college. Finish it. Live life. Be happy. Be successful,” Courtney said.

As a member of the village called to care for this young lady I sent her off to chase and catch her dreams, just like I sent my own son off to school.

Courtney never touched the money, but as we left we could tell the money we left behind touched Courtney.

Since 2011, WAVE 3 News has given away thousands of dollars to worthy recipients in our Pass the Cash segment. Click here to tell us about a Kentuckiana family or individual who you believe deserves a special gift of $300. (Be sure you are registered on You cannot nominate yourself or a family member.

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