Betsy Gard – Sandy Springs
Everyone thinks their mother has the best advice, but my mother has spent her entire life giving this advice to everyone in Atlanta. Growing up with a mother who is a child psychologist, I bristled when she asked me “how I was feeling.” I was jealous of the time she spent treating her patients and as a teenager, didn’t need her advice. Luckily, as I’ve grown, I am so proud of how much she has given to the Jewish community, her patients and those in need. She has traveled nationally and internationally to provide a mental health disaster response; from heading to New York City after 9-11 to treating orphans in Romania and responding after the Haitain earthquake, she has given so much time and energy to others on the worst days of their lives. As she nears her retirement and has been through one of the hardest years of her life, I hope to honor her sacrifices on this Mother’s Day.
By Sarah Gard Lazarus