Full of Hope
Those who have met Nathalie wouldn’t find this story surprising. Her giving nature is her trademark. “Her selflessness is mind blowing; she is always thinking about what she can do for others,” said Michelyn Russell, her Chick-fil-A Leader Academy Facilitator.
That selflessness is what drew her to Chick-fil-A Leader Academy, and to the opportunity to join others who want to make an impact in this world.
That day at Northside Hospital, Nathalie felt a familiar spark — that feeling she gets when she senses a need. Walking the halls, it seemed there were many children in need of a happy moment like Zoe’s.
Then, last month, it came full circle for Nathalie. This time, she was the one in the hospital. Diagnosed with a thyroid condition that was putting too much stress on her heart, Nathalie required radiation. While undergoing treatment at Egleston Hospital, she felt the pang of fear, exhaustion, and loneliness that happens when you face something serious. It reminded her of the children she had seen just a few weeks before. She resolved that she would get herself well and get back to giving.
Now, only a month later, Nathalie is mostly recovered and on a mission — to bring hope and happiness to children in the hospital. With the partnership of her Chick-fil-A Leader Academy class, they are collecting donated toys, games, coloring books, and more for their Do Good December project, which they will deliver to Egleston Hospital as a team.
The project is called Zoe Full of Life, for Nathalie’s little cousin, Zoe — a name that means “life” in Greek.
Nathalie shared, “It’s more important to me to help others than to get something for myself. There is so much more to life than the latest phone or the best shoes. There are people out there in real need.”