Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, R-San Luis Obispo, named the co-founder of a local nonprofit group as the 33rd Assembly District's 2011 Woman of the Year.
Bridget Ready of the San Luis Obispo-based Jack’s Helping Hand was honored with a framed certificate from the State Assembly during a ceremony at the Assembly chambers at the state capitol, officials announced Monday.
Ready with her husband, Paul Ready, helped establish Jack’s Helping Hand to provide resources to families of disabled or ill children. It’s named after their late infant son, Jack, who died in 2004 from braincancer.
“Her ability to turn the tragic loss of her young son, Jack, into an opportunity to help countless Central Coast families serves as an inspiring example for all of us,” Achadjian said in a statement.
Hundreds of Central Coast children have received from the group resources such as motorized chairs, prosthetic limbs, high-tech hearing devices, adaptive eye-wear and specially trained service dogs.
The organization is also raising money to fund a 30-acre disabled-access park and playground in Nipomo.
The Assembly’s Woman of the Year ceremony has been held annually since 1987 to help commemorate Women’s History Month.