For years, Gary “Papa G” Lawson has ended the final worship of the week by saying something like, “We are the children of God, now go and be about the Family Business.” Lakeshore has a strong tradition of worship and faith formation. For many people, the relationships they built here and the moments they had have influenced the work they choose to do.
We love to follow our Lakeshore family and support the ways they are being about the family business. One of those family members is Katrina Dorse. In 2008-2009, Katrina served at Lakeshore as a resident counselor while attending the University of Tennessee. In 2016, Katrina had a son named Kellen who was born with seven congenital heart defects. For five months, Kellen and Katrina fought for his life at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. He lost his battle in September 2016, and immediately, Katrina knew that not only her life but her future path would be changed forever.
Katrina started the Big Heart Fund to support the families of the Heart Institute at Le Bonheur physically, socially, and financially. She knows what it is like to live in the hospital with a sick child. She knows first hand how scared and stressed heart families are, and she wants to devote her life to supporting them through the hardest time in their life. One of her future goals is to sponsor the Le Bonheur Heart Camp that comes to Lakeshore every summer.
Lakeshore, Le Bonheur and Katrina have a long history together, and we are proud to support two wonderful organizations in their missions to take care of children and their families.
The Big Heart Fund is hosting their organizational launch party called the Heart to Heart Reception on Thursday, February 15 from 5:30-7:30 at the Church Health Community Room at Crosstown Concourse in Memphis. We would love the chance to catch up with some of our Memphis Lakeshore family while supporting one of our own.