Pass the Cash - February 10, 2016: Tamara - News, Weather & Sports

Pass the Cash - February 10, 2016: Tamara

Kimberly and Tamara (Source: WAVE 3 News) Kimberly and Tamara (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – You can be a good person with a good job and still end up facing trouble and hardship. Today as we Pass the Cash, a group of folks from Jefferson County Public Schools teach us it only takes one person to speak up to start a movement to help push or pull you up that mountain.

“She has kind of fell a little bit on hard times,” Kimberly said.

Times could not be much harder for Ms. Tamara, a counselor, mother and friend. Her daughter is fighting for her life and against sickle cell. 

“She tried to get a bone marrow transplant, but things haven't really worked out how they expected it to work out,” Kimberly said.

Her daughter Emily cannot return to school. Tamara finally returned to work for now but the time at the hospital and the time off from work makes for an equation that hard to work out.

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Kimberly said, “Deductibles and medical bills have been adding up and we really want to show her some extra love.”

They showed a lot of love from Kennedy Elementary, Roosevelt Perry, Wheatley, Gheens and other counselors just hearing the call. They had collected money and placed it in a small wooden box. WAVE 3 News added $300, plus an anonymous $15.

Ms. Tamara was called to the art room under the pretense a student needed help, but instead she found friends and colleagues rallied to help her.

I had already been warned Tamara was very quiet and maybe a little reserved, but the most positive person you could ever meet.

Kimberly said, “We have done Pass the Cash with Dawne Gee and we also collected more for you for a total of $2,500.”

Tamara, who is used to coming to the aid of little ones, now had lots of folks there to help. She
cried while counting her blessings and her dollars knowing one thing for sure.

“Faith works, faith works,” she said.

What do you do when in the middle of the day you are surprised by so many with so much?

“Cry,” Tamara said, “and get ready for my next meeting that's waiting for me and just thank God really.”

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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