February Hometown Hero demonstrates all you need is love
By Carole Robinson, Staff Writer
Nicole Cochran, February’s Darrell Waltrip Automotive Hometown Hero, fell in love seven years ago when she met a three-year old little boy named William. The boy had been removed from his biological parents and placed into foster care with Cochran’s sister, Michelle because of neglect so severe his six-month old baby brother didn’t survive.
Cochran stepped in to help her sister with the troubled child and eventually tried to adopt him. While getting over the disappointment of the failed adoption and subsequent placement with his paternal grandmother, Cochran was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
Because of her devotion to William, she was allowed regular visitation with the boy and despite her health issues, for six years she committed herself to providing as normal a childhood as she could when they were together.
Cochran and William’s lives were reunited when the child’s custodial grandmother died in May 2012 and Cochran was granted legal custody of the boy.
For the first time, William’s life was filled with all the normal things of a 10-year old boy. He is now enrolled in and attends school daily, has his own room, clean clothes, plenty of food and a loving family.
Friends and family who know her well describe Cochran as the “picture of humility,” with “a generous heart,” and “an inspiration” to anyone who meets her.
“Nicole is very deserving to be recognized,” said her sister, Michelle Cochran, “She has made such a difference in William’s life and has made so many sacrifices to give him the life he deserves. Nicole adored him from the moment she met him. That was seven years ago and she has never missed an opportunity since then to tell him how much she loves him.”
Cochran’s friend Melonee Hurt described her as a person who always looks for opportunities to find the good in her life – “never dwelling on the bad.”
“She always thinks of others before herself,” Hurt said. “Watching Nicole fall in love with sweet William has been amazing to witness. She has poured so much love into this amazing little boy and even though he doesn’t realize it, he gives so much back to her.”
Cochran is in the process of saving to legally adopt William and make him officially a member of the family.
As part of Cochran’s Darrell Waltrip Automotive Hometown Hero award, a $500 donation was given to the MidSouth Chapter of the National MS Society.
To nominate a hero, go to www.darrellwaltrip.com.
Contact Carole Robinson at email@example.com.
Posted on: 2/25/2013