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Daily Inspiration: Meet Monique Searight

Today we’d like to introduce you to Monique Searight.

Hi Monique, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I am the founder/president. I have been in and out of hospitals all of my life, so I know how hard it is to stay motivated. I lost complete kidney function at 11 years old and had to go on dialysis for a year. My mom donated one of her kidneys to me when I was 12.

I also have a rare eye disease that causes me to have night blindness. My doctor said I could go completely blind at 13 years old. I learned to read and write Braille and use a vision stick in miffed school. I use my life experience to inspire others. I’ve had 30 plus surgeries. I take medicine all day, and I’ve been on dialysis twice.

My life has molded me into the woman I am today. I am also a published author. I write children’s books for children with health challenges being an inspiration and following their dreams. I plan to continue to make a difference every day.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The main struggle we have is funding.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am the founder/president. I have been in and out of hospitals all of my life, so I know how hard it is to stay motivated.

I lost complete kidney function at 11 years old and had to go on dialysis for a year. My mom donated one of her kidneys to me when I was 12. I also have a rare eye disease that causes me to have night blindness. My doctor said I could go completely blind at 13 years old.

I learned to read and write Braille and use a vision stick in miffed school. I use my life experience to inspire others. I’ve had 30 plus surgeries. I take medicine all day, and I’ve been on dialysis twice. My life has molded me into the woman I am today. I am also a published author. I write children’s books for children with health challenges being an inspiration and following their dreams.

I plan to continue to make a difference every day. I would say my biggest accomplishment is my program but also 2 years ago we had a lot of gifts donated to give out for Christmas. We were able to give out gifts to the children and families at TGH and in our community. We still had more left over. Family back in Winter Haven, FL asked if we had more gifts and I was telling her we did.

She said a friend of hers had lost her job and was unable to get her 5 children anything for Christmas. We pack a truck full of gifts and took them to her on Christmas Eve. That was so amazing that God put us in a position to help her family. We also had a similar blessing 3 years ago with the back-to-school stuffed book bags we raised.

We were able to bless a mother of 5 with 5 stuffed book bags. I love being able to be a blessing to others

Where do you see things going in the next 5-10 years?
We want our nonprofit and career program to start growing to different cities and eventually different states.

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Denise Jamerson

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