BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - They may not be related, but they consider one another sisters.
"We've gotten so close. I do feel like she is my sister in every sense of the word."
Katie Sublett and Uniqua Sanders have been inseparable for the past nine years. Their friendship started when Katie began volunteering as a mentor through the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program. It was a match Katie always wanted.
"I have a passion for helping others and I think it is important for every child to have a strong role model and advocate and I wanted to have an opportunity to be her role model for somebody in the Bowling Green community," says Sublett.
The seemingly lifelong friendship isn't going unnoticed. Katie was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of South Central Kentucky Volunteer Appreciation Banquet.
CEO Brian Becker says Katie defines what the organization is all about.
"She started out, out of the gate, just explosive with her friendship. They really hit it off and were doing things at a very fast rate than most of our matches that spend more years together might do," says Becker.
Most matches through the program are for a year. But year after year, with smiles on both girls faces, it became a perfect match.
"This was something that was built to last so I know when they were initially brought together Katie was in college so she has been able to see her finish college and get married and start her career," says Sublett.
"We have definitely matured together. When I met her I was 20 and she was 8 years old. She has went all the way through elementary school to high school. I've graduated college and gotten married and seen her mature into a young adult," says Sublett.
For volunteering her time to be a role model to someone else and creating a life long friendship we honor Katie Sublett as this week's Hometown Hero.