Kim Cooper’s life forever changed when her eldest daughter, Taylor, was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer at 4 years old. Thanks to the outpouring of support for her own daughter’s treatment, this 48-year-old mother of two has made it her life’s mission to help other children.
What do you love most about being over 40? I love that with age truly comes wisdom and confidence, and not the kind that you learn in books. Having gone through many of life’s changes, both good and bad, has given me a sense of grace that I never allowed myself in my earlier years. It has also given me a deeper appreciation and different perspective on the simple things in everyday life.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment? My children are my best accomplishment. After having my oldest daughter, Taylor, and dealing with her cancer diagnosis, I had multiple failed pregnancies. After extensive infertility testing and multiple surgeries, by the grace of God I had my youngest daughter, Ella. They are my heart and soul. My “miracle” accomplishment, however, is that I reunited our family after being divorced from their dad for 4 years.
What is your favorite way to give back to your community? It initially started with the Make A Wish foundation after my daughter was granted a wish in 2006. This led me to the founding of Stars and Cigars, an annual community event with the goal of granting another child’s wish every year. Since 2005, myself and a team of dedicated volunteers have been able to grant 25 children’s wishes in Georgia. I also serve as a Wish granter and mentor for other Wish families, and co-founded Fashion for a Cure to benefit CURE Childhood Cancer.
I currently serve as President of the Board and Co-Program Director at Children Helping Children, I’ve been able to mentor and guide our junior board to empower and nurture their young philanthropic efforts. Their service projects benefit local Atlanta children facing adversity either transitioning through shelters, or battling mental or physical illnesses.
Where do you go for “me” time? Massages, meditation and shopping are always great for me time. It really depends on what mood I am in.
Who are the experts/professionals who help you be your best self? My hairstylist, Shannon Silva at Dyer & Posta; my favorite skincare line is from B’Tyli Wellness and Beauty Co. which can be found at Anderson Aesthetics (they also have amazing estheticians and injectors). For facial and spa treatments, Heather May at her newly opened spa, The Healthicians, in East Cobb.