Remembering Khairi’s story

ABOUT OUR JOURNEY

Remembering Khairi’s story

ABOUT OUR JOURNEY

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Empowering others through learning from our grief

Based in Birmingham, Alabama and founded by Tomeka Walker in 2014, Khairi and Little Angels’ Memorial mission is to provide assistance to low income families who have lost an infant between 20 weeks gestation to 12 months of age.

 

Tomeka’s story began with the birth of Khairi, her baby boy born on May 26, 2014. Unfortunately, shortly after living on earth he was given his angel wings. Khairi was a preemie who was needed more in heaven than here on earth. During this difficult time Tomeka discovered that babies that pass are not covered by some insurance policies, and the funds must be provided immediately due to the reserving process for infants to be laid to rest.

 

Khairi’s mother was faced with another devastating situation. She was not expecting the financial burden burial would cause her, and she reached a breaking point. She knew then that she had to do something so that other mothers would not face this fate in the wake of such grief. Thus Khairi and Little Angels’ Memorial began. Since then, Tomeka has been committed to preventing this outcome for other families through raising funds, awareness and educating our community.

Donate today to help a grieving family!

Empowering others through learning from our grief

Based in Birmingham, Alabama and founded by Tomeka Walker in 2014, Khairi and Little Angels’ Memorial mission is to provide assistance to low income families who have lost an infant between 20 weeks gestation to 12 months of age.

 

Tomeka’s story began with the birth of Khairi, her baby boy born on May 26, 2014. Unfortunately, shortly after living on earth he was given his angel wings. Khairi was a preemie who was needed more in heaven than here on earth. During this difficult time Tomeka discovered that babies that pass are not covered by some insurance policies, and the funds must be provided immediately due to the reserving process for infants to be laid to rest.

 

Khairi’s mother was faced with another devastating situation. She was not expecting the financial burden burial would cause her, and she reached a breaking point. She knew then that she had to do something so that other mothers would not face this fate in the wake of such grief. Thus Khairi and Little Angels’ Memorial began. Since then, Tomeka has been committed to preventing this outcome for other families through raising funds, awareness and educating our community.

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Our Team

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Tomeka Walker | Founder & CEO

This is a story that I never dreamed or thought I would ever be telling. I am Tomeka Walker the mother of baby Khairi, and I share my story so other mothers will know they are not alone. Khairi was my first and only child but due to negligence of a medical professional, Khairi’s life was cut short. There were many preventable actions that could have been taken, but were not. I was sent home in labor and less than 24 hours later I gave birth to Khairi at home. I was a nervous wreck but I was also happy because Khairi was born alive and able to breath on his own. Unfortunately, after getting to the hospital the EMTs turned Khairi over to the nurse on duty, which caused his oxygen to be removed, but it wasn’t placed back on him by the hospital staff. Oxygen would have helped him greatly but it wasn’t  provided to him nor was he placed in an incubator. Sadly, my baby boy passed away due to this unfortunate string of events. To learn more about my story purchase my book ” We Heard Your Cry” by going to the website www.weheardyourcrybook.com

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Kamala Burks | President

An Account Executive with Alabama Media Group, the parent company of Birmingham News, AL.com and Birmingham magazine. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama. Ms. Burks serves her community extensively through several organizations as well as through her local church. She served with Footprints Ministry’s Birmingham chapter; a ministry created to address the unique needs of families with children in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Which is why Khairi and Little Angels’ Memorial is a perfect match.

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VaMeisha Carmichael | Event Planner

VaMeisha Carmichael enjoy reading, decorating, and spending time with her family!  She has been married to the love of her life Boosha for 13 yrs. We have four beautiful children: Justin 17yrs, Skyler 9 yrs, Autumn 5 yrs, and August 2!! She is grateful to have them and love having a big family. She have a B.S. degree in Early childhood/Elementary education and have taught both kindergarten/1st grade. This organization is dear to her heart because me and Tomeka were pregnant together and we had so many plans for our babies to grow up with each other. She is sadden by all that transpired during Tomeka’s pregnancy. She hope that KLAM touch lives in a positive way and brings awareness to the unknown some moms may experience while expecting.

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LaSheena Davis | Vice President

LaSheena Davis has a full time job and is a full time mother to an outgoing, vivacious son Kyrese. She studied at Virginia College in physical therapy. Her passion for this organization runs deep as she, herself, has encountered many friends and loved ones experience unexpected loss. She hopes and prays that her involvement takes her and the organization to higher opportunities.

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Pattric Barnett | Treasurer

Pattric Barnett is the Account Manager at Insighters, Inc (formally Accounting and Business Consultants, Inc), a consulting and accounting firm located in Avondale  and has been with the company for 12 years. He is a graduate of University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he received a BS in Accounting. The purpose of KLA Memorial is near and dear to Pattric. Having gone through the situation, he can relate to all of the people the organization seeks out to help. Pattric is happily married and he and his wife of 12 years, April, have two daughters – Jillian and Caylin.

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Demetria Barlow | Executive Secretary

Demetria Barlow is the Owner and Chief Design Officer of Fresh Focus LLC, a boutique graphics art agency; as well as, Restoration Tees and custom apparel company.  Through these business ventures, she fuels her passion for creativity and expression by working with individuals, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations to meet their unique creative communications needs. Demetria is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and a distinguished graduate of Tennessee State University. As a dedicated member of The Rock City Church, she serves as a key administrator for the church’s Experience Department. Demetria is a proud mother of two delightfully precious daughters, Ravyn and Carrington. Khairi and Little Angels’ Memorial is also dear to her heart.

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Lionel Webster | Committee Chair

Lionel is an Ex paratrooper in U.S Army who attended NC A&T. A staunch advocate for the betterment of mental health change in America. This passion that Lionel has for mental health caused Lionel to become the founder of an organization which is called L.E.E.N being the founder of such a wonderful organization is a blessing. It wasn’t enough to be a founder; therefore, Lionel became the owner of a logistics company. In Lionel spare time he enjoys spending time with his family.

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Tonya Crawford | Event Coordinator

Tonya is passionate about event planning and will tap into her knowledge of event planning to develop, coordinate and manage meetings, workshops, etc.. Tonya believes in giving back to the community and non-profit organizations hold a special place in her heart. Tonya is involved in different Associations that will empower communities and change lives which is why she is a part of Khairi and Little Angels’ Memorial. Tonya has an associate degree from the Art Institutes in Fashion and Retail Marketing. She is married and is the mother of four children.  Tonya also is a member of Rising Star Baptist Church and overseas the dance ministry.

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Nyaesia Camplbell | Grant Writer Coordinator

Nyaesia Campbell is a Renaissance woman.  She currently works as Miami Dade College’s Faculty Institute of Teaching and Learning Grants Director.
She has extensive work experience in government, education, criminal justice and community economic and workforce development. She has worked with a myriad of foundations and philanthropic organizations. In her spare time, she loves to write poetry and works of fiction. She is learning coding and developing an app. She enjoys international travel, painting, sci-fi books and movies, and most of all, spending time with loved ones.

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Pastor Korie Anderson | Chaplin

 Korie J. Anderson, is blessed to serve as chaplain for KLAM. He is a native of Bessemer, and a former Marine. For the past 13 yrs he has been a licensed Life Insurance Agent, and Licensed Funeral Director. Currently, he serves as Senior Pastor of Liberty Missionary Baptist Church, West Blocton. It is his goal as chaplain to provide spiritual counseling and supplication to help all that come seeking to be helpe…May God Bless & Keep You!

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Tomeka Walker | Founder & CEO

This is a story that I never dreamed or thought I would ever be telling. I am Tomeka Walker the mother of baby Khairi, and I share my story so other mothers will know they are not alone. Khairi was my first and only child but due to negligence of a medical professional, Khairi’s life was cut short. There were many preventable actions that could have been taken, but were not. I was sent home in labor and less than 24 hours later I gave birth to Khairi at home. I was a nervous wreck but I was also happy because Khairi was born alive and able to breath on his own. Unfortunately, after getting to the hospital the EMTs turned Khairi over to the nurse on duty, which caused his oxygen to be removed, but it wasn’t placed back on him by the hospital staff. Oxygen would have helped him greatly but it wasn’t  provided to him nor was he placed in an incubator. Sadly, my baby boy passed away due to this unfortunate string of events. To learn more about my story purchase my book ” We Heard Your Cry” by going to the website www.weheardyourcrybook.com

a person smiling for the camera

Kamala Burks | President

An Account Executive with Alabama Media Group, the parent company of Birmingham News, AL.com and Birmingham magazine. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama. Ms. Burks serves her community extensively through several organizations as well as through her local church. She served with Footprints Ministry’s Birmingham chapter; a ministry created to address the unique needs of families with children in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Which is why Khairi and Little Angels’ Memorial is a perfect match.

a woman smiling for the camera

VaMeisha Carmichael | Event Planner

VaMeisha Carmichael enjoy reading, decorating, and spending time with her family!  She has been married to the love of her life Boosha for 13 yrs. We have four beautiful children: Justin 17yrs, Skyler 9 yrs, Autumn 5 yrs, and August 2!! She is grateful to have them and love having a big family. She have a B.S. degree in Early childhood/Elementary education and have taught both kindergarten/1st grade. This organization is dear to her heart because me and Tomeka were pregnant together and we had so many plans for our babies to grow up with each other. She is sadden by all that transpired during Tomeka’s pregnancy. She hope that KLAM touch lives in a positive way and brings awareness to the unknown some moms may experience while expecting.

a person posing for the camera

LaSheena Davis | Vice President

LaSheena Davis has a full time job and is a full time mother to an outgoing, vivacious son Kyrese. She studied at Virginia College in physical therapy. Her passion for this organization runs deep as she, herself, has encountered many friends and loved ones experience unexpected loss. She hopes and prays that her involvement takes her and the organization to higher opportunities.

a man wearing glasses and smiling at the camera

Pattric Barnett | Treasurer

Pattric Barnett is the Account Manager at Insighters, Inc (formally Accounting and Business Consultants, Inc), a consulting and accounting firm located in Avondale  and has been with the company for 12 years. He is a graduate of University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he received a BS in Accounting. The purpose of KLA Memorial is near and dear to Pattric. Having gone through the situation, he can relate to all of the people the organization seeks out to help. Pattric is happily married and he and his wife of 12 years, April, have two daughters – Jillian and Caylin.

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Demetria Barlow | Executive Secretary

Demetria Barlow is the Owner and Chief Design Officer of Fresh Focus LLC, a boutique graphics art agency; as well as, Restoration Tees and custom apparel company.  Through these business ventures, she fuels her passion for creativity and expression by working with individuals, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations to meet their unique creative communications needs. Demetria is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and a distinguished graduate of Tennessee State University. As a dedicated member of The Rock City Church, she serves as a key administrator for the church’s Experience Department. Demetria is a proud mother of two delightfully precious daughters, Ravyn and Carrington. Khairi and Little Angels’ Memorial is also dear to her heart.

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Lionel Webster | Committee Chair

Lionel is an Ex paratrooper in U.S Army who attended NC A&T. A staunch advocate for the betterment of mental health change in America. This passion that Lionel has for mental health caused Lionel to become the founder of an organization which is called L.E.E.N being the founder of such a wonderful organization is a blessing. It wasn’t enough to be a founder; therefore, Lionel became the owner of a logistics company. In Lionel spare time he enjoys spending time with his family.

a woman smiling for the camera

Tonya Crawford | Event Coordinator

Tonya is passionate about event planning and will tap into her knowledge of event planning to develop, coordinate and manage meetings, workshops, etc.. Tonya believes in giving back to the community and non-profit organizations hold a special place in her heart. Tonya is involved in different Associations that will empower communities and change lives which is why she is a part of Khairi and Little Angels’ Memorial. Tonya has an associate degree from the Art Institutes in Fashion and Retail Marketing. She is married and is the mother of four children.  Tonya also is a member of Rising Star Baptist Church and overseas the dance ministry.

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Nyaesia Camplbell | Grant Writer Coordinator

Nyaesia Campbell is a Renaissance woman.  She currently works as Miami Dade College’s Faculty Institute of Teaching and Learning Grants Director.
She has extensive work experience in government, education, criminal justice and community economic and workforce development. She has worked with a myriad of foundations and philanthropic organizations. In her spare time, she loves to write poetry and works of fiction. She is learning coding and developing an app. She enjoys international travel, painting, sci-fi books and movies, and most of all, spending time with loved ones.

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Pastor Korie Anderson | Chaplin

 Korie J. Anderson, is blessed to serve as chaplain for KLAM. He is a native of Bessemer, and a former Marine. For the past 13 yrs he has been a licensed Life Insurance Agent, and Licensed Funeral Director. Currently, he serves as Senior Pastor of Liberty Missionary Baptist Church, West Blocton. It is his goal as chaplain to provide spiritual counseling and supplication to help all that come seeking to be helpe…May God Bless & Keep You!

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