Hometown Hero: Carole Dunn

Grandparents raising grandchildren can be quite a challenge and a local grandmother was recently recognized for her work in raising her grandchildren.

Sisters Kelly and Amy Dunn both think their grandmother is the best and they're not the only ones who think so.

"She only deserves the best. She's the best grandma in the world," Kelly Dunn assured.

"She's such a good person, everyone notices it--not just our family," Amy added.

Carole is more than a grandmother to Kelly and Amy--she's also their mother.

She and the girls' grandfather adopted them when Kelly was five and Amy was just a baby.

"She took us into her home and decided that she would raise us," Kelly said.

Being raised by a grandparent has its advantages.

"You get spoiled I guess--a little bit," Amy admitted.

Carole joins an ever-growing group of grandparents who are raising their grandchildren.

"I don't feel like a hero because there are so many grandparents out here doing the same job I'm doing," Carole assured.

Her dedication to her grandchildren has gained statewide attention.

"I was just so honored it was my grandma because she had to raise two sets of children. She's just so good at what she's doing," Amy said.

Carole says there are definitely challenges to experiencing motherhood the second time around.

"You're getting older and you're not up on all the styles and activities that's going on in this world, and so you have to really become aware of what's happening," she said.

"I can only hope to be like her one day. She's shown us love and compassion in all sorts of ways and she's there with us through everything," Kelly admitted.

"It's been a joy, a challenge, but we've done it with love in our hearts," Carole assured.

Carole Dunn was also the "Grandparent of the Year" in 2006.

The Barren River District Health Dept. nominated Carole for the Rose Award at the Aging and Independent Living Conference in Louisville, Ky.

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