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Cathey Brown

“At the end of the day, we ask ourselves, ‘so what?’ The ‘so what’ is we have made a difference not just in one child’s life, but in the lives of tens of thousands of children.”

Cathey gives high-risk children the life skills to achieve their goals. It’s what children need when they grow up in alcoholic homes like Cathey did. And it’s what Cathey wanted for her daughter after learning that alcoholics’ children are likely to marry alcoholics or become alcoholics themselves. Finding few resources to support the kids of alcoholics, she started her own group to answer their psychological needs. Rainbow Days has now reached over 120,000 Dallas children, including many from homeless shelters or drug-addicted homes. Cathey has also expanded the scope and impact of her services by training volunteers nationwide. Wherever it’s held, the program’s goal is to make children believe they have a purpose, and this gives Cathey a sense of purpose, too. “At the end of the day, we ask ourselves, ‘so what?’” she says. “The ‘so what’ is we have made a difference not just in one child’s life, but in the lives of tens of thousands of children.”