October 16, 2012
Atlanta, GA – Two years ago, The Georgia Regional Girls’ Choir hosted its first Jim and Beth Judson Memorial Concert, in memory of their former Executive Director Beth Judson. Now known as The Greater Atlanta Girls’ Choir, the group uses the fall concert as a way to fund raise for local charities. This year, the $1,000 they were able to raise went directly to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta the very group who, three weeks prior, had saved the life of one of their girls.
Catherine, a bright and cheery high school student, was in dance class when she suddenly began experiencing abnormal pain in the back of her head, rapidly followed by severe vomiting. As the symptoms increased, Catherine was rushed to CHOA Scottish Rite hospital. She was experiencing bleeding in her brain caused by a tangle of defective blood vessels known as an AVM. Luckily, Catherine was rushed to the very hospital where the Girls’ Choir had already decided to donate their funds – Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. There, Dr. Joshua Chern was able to perform the brain surgery she needed and a month later, Catherine was back in choir, performing with her friends. Because of the care Catherine received, she is expected to make a full recovery.
Of course, Catherine’s Girls’ Choir friends were with her every step of the way, making sure she was surrounded by posters, cards and flowers when she woke up in the hospital. Returning to choir practice several weeks later, she was welcomed with applause, smiles, and beautiful music for the remainder the evening’s rehearsal.