Arlington Water Utilities Employee Helping Others After Mother's Death
By Office of Communication
Posted on November 19, 2020, November 19, 2020

By day, Kenya Buckley uses her accounting knowledge to help serve Arlington Water Utilities customers. But when she's away from her desk, she's focused on another mission — fighting Sickle Cell Disease.

Buckley lost her mother Carol to complications from the disease but promised to continue the fight in her place. And that's when "Carol's Promise" was born. 

"Back then, I had no idea what that was. But as I go through the journey, I feel my mom and I feel God guiding me through the journey," Buckley said. 

"The mission of Carol's Promise is to increase the quality of life for individuals and their families that are dealing with Sickle Cell," Buckley added. "Through awareness, through support, advocacy, education." 

The nonprofit offers a range of programs from blood drives to scholarships for students with Sickle Cell Disease.

Buckley says helping others while also finding support at work has allowed her to live her version of the American Dream.

"I get to come to work every day and do what I went to school for and be able to work for a City I respect and admire," Buckley said. "At the same time, I get the support to also do another dream I put my entire heart into."

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Carol's Promise founder Kenya Buckley and her mother

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