During the Baxley-Appling County Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting, held January 29, Knicole Lee was named the 2012 Citizen of the Year for Baxley and Appling County. Lee was nominated by Ann Singer for the prestigious award and Janine Hunter read the nomination letter below to a large audience in attendance at the event. Other nominees for the award included Dr. Errol G. Graham, Jonathan Hickox and JoAnn Beecher.
Knicole Lee nomination letter
Folks who are born in small towns either are related to, married into, or know just about every family in that town. We take ownership in each other’s lives, help raise each other’s children, celebrate triumphs, and rally around when there is tragedy. If the truth be told, we probably know more about our passing acquaintances than most big city next door neighbors do. When one of our neighbors steps up to the plate and makes helping other people her mission, then we all benefit! One of our neighbors has done just that. She has worked her way thru school, obtained a teaching degree, a nursing degree, a nurse practitioner degree and in the last year or so, she completed her doctorate. All the while working full time and raising a family. As a health care provider she has shared many memorable experiences with her patients, some heartbreaking, some joyful, in short she has been the port in a storm for many of Appling County citizens.
As a health care provider she realized that there was a great need to help women with breast care needs. Many of our citizens cannot afford the cost of a mammogram, so she started a non-profit organization BABES (Battling Against Breast Cancer Educating for Survival). BABES is funded solely by the sale of tee shirts, personal donations and the occasional fund raiser. If you live in Appling County and do not have a BABES tee shirt, then your wardrobe is sadly lacking! To date over 150 people have benefited from BABES!
It is with great pleasure and pride that I nominate Knicole Lee as the 2012 Appling County Citizen of the Year.