"My heart is pounding out of my chest.
I really don't have any words," said Margie Harris on Saturday as she accepted an award for her dedication to Bowling Green, Ohio.
Harris was one of four people to receive the city's Citizen of the Year Award from the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce, the Bowling Green Independent reports.
According to the News-Messenger, Harris and her husband, Tim, fostered eight children over a five-year period before having a child with special needs in 1997.
"My trajectory or path changed on April 29, 1997," when that child was born, Harris said as she accepted the award.
"It's changed my path in life."
Harris went on to work for several agencies, including the ARC of Wood County, where she was executive director, while advocating for people with disabilities.
She also helped out at the home where her youngest child lives, planting flowers, decorating for holidays, and helping other residents as needed.
Brian Paskvan and Wendy Headley also received the awards.
Paskvan led the Wood County District Public Library Board of Trustees through some rough times, including the Great Recession, and was also instrumental in the restoration and opening of the Carter House in 2013.
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