4th annual “RBW Her Life, Our Legacy” brunch goes virtual

Dr. Katherine Y. Brown, Founder of RBW PH Awareness Group.

Roberta Baines Wheeler (RBW) Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) Awareness group hosted its virtual 4th Annual “RBW Her Life Our Legacy Jazz Brunch” a special day honoring mothers who are gone but not forgotten, on Saturday, May 16, via video conference.

Dr. Katherine Y. Brown who named the event in honor of her late mother and in hopes helping other develop positive coping skills after the loss of a loved one explained, “We didn’t want to allow the pandemic and quarantine to prevent us from honoring mothers so we went virtual. The response was overwhelmingly positive.”

During the RBW white rose ceremony 88 mothers who had transitioned were honored.

“The event has been held the Saturday after Mother’s Day for the past four years because we know that Mother’s Day often has a different meaning after the loss of a mother”, said Dr. Brown.

“Something amazing happened,” explained Sydney Y. K. Brown, Executive Director of RBW PH Awareness Group, “people logged in from Tennessee, California, Illinois, Indiana, Texas, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Michigan, Florida, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Washington to name just a few of the states. That’s amazing.”

The program began with greetings from Sydney Y. K. Brown followed by the introduction of this year’s host Harriet Wallace (Fox 17 News) by her husband Scott Wallace.

The Keynote speakers were Dr. Reginald L. Robinson, cardiologist (introduced by Fisk University First Lady Stefanie B. Rome) and Shai Bradshaw (introduced by physician Dr. Kristal Reed).

Greetings were given by Senator Brenda Gilmore and Metropolitan Trustee Elect Erica Gilmore. The white rose ceremony was led by Shay Gresham Howard, Esq, Allyson Young, and Dr. Katherine Y. Brown. Dr. Laura Ferguson Mimms gave an inspirational tribute to close the program.

Other event highlights included a virtual scavenger hunt with giveaways, stay at home tea, and beautiful hats and fine apparel worn by participants. A moment was also taken to honor its leadership program participants, KYB Leadership Academy cohort 11, which consisted of seven collegiate scholars.

Leadership awards were presented to scholars including Robert D. Brown (age 11) who along with help from the community partners created a service project that aided 1000 Nashville residents following the recent tornado.

The mission of the RBW PH Awareness Group is to increase awareness of pulmonary hypertension while also building healthier communities. Their passion for this is apparent in this ardent event, observable and measurable dedication to leadership development, and commitment to health advocacy.