May 27, 2022 — Arlington Greene resident and recent high school graduate Faith Couch, 18, hasn’t been able to attend classes at school or go to large events enjoyed by most high schoolers in order to avoid exposure to dangerous respiratory illnesses. But that’s not to say that Miss Couch, who suffers from Cystic Fibrosis (CF), missed out celebrating her senior prom or graduation ceremony thanks to her mom, Sallie Campbell.
Arlington Greene is a 40-unit affordable townhome community in London, KY, owned and operated by Woda Cooper Companies, Inc. Built in 2004, Arlington Greene was the first property Woda Cooper developed in The Bluegrass State, with the company’s portfolio now reaching 18 high-quality affordable communities in Kentucky and approximately 400 in 16 states across the Midwest, Southeast, and Mid-Atlantic.
Ms. Campbell and her family moved into Arlington Greene in 2018 to live closer to her daughter’s ongoing medical care, trimming three hours off the frequent commute. “We have to be at the University of Kentucky every six weeks for a clinic that includes visits with a doctor, dietician, respiratory therapist, pharmacist, and social worker,” explains Campbell.
For Couch, breathing is difficult. “It is like her nose is pinched off with a clip and she can only use a straw to breathe through her mouth,” said Campbell. In addition to frequent clinic visits, there are multiple daily breathing treatments and medicines to counter the effects of CF. Homeschooling has allowed Couch to complete her high school studies; she especially enjoys working in her art studio created in a spare room in the family’s apartment.
To create a special night to remember while also keeping her daughter safe, Campbell reserved Arlington Greene’s community room and planned a small prom for her daughter and few of her friends this past spring. The kids wore formal attire and the event included decorations, a photo booth, dance music, and a buffet table with yummy foods like dipped strawberries, cookies, and pizza. “They had lots of fun,” said Campbell, adding how much she appreciates access to the lovely community room and support from Community Manager Tammy Overbey.
“Faith is a remarkable young lady who lets nothing stop her from moving forward,” said Overbey. “Sallie is very dedicated to ensure Faith misses nothing in life. I am truly honored to observe and serve such an amazing family.”
A few weeks later Campbell reserved the community room once again to host a graduation ceremony for Couch, inviting a few close family, friends, and two teachers who helped guide her studies. A highlight at the ceremony came when Couch described her dream of becoming a model and advocate for young children who are diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. “I want them to know they can live life to the fullest,” she said.
It is clear that Faith Couch demonstrates that lesson with the support of her family, friends, and Arlington Greene community. “We try to do everything we can do so she doesn’t miss important core memories and milestones of growing up,” said her proud mom.