"As a nurse, we have the opportunity to heal the heart, mind, soul and body of our patients, their families and ourselves. They may not remember your name but they will never forget the way you made them feel "
During her lifetime, poet Maya Angelou offered many inspirational words about nurses, their importance to our cultural fabric and the indelible mark they leave on the people they meet. Landon Padgett was no exception.
James Landon Padgett was born the youngest of three siblings to Sherry and Jimmy Padgett on November 24, 1985 in Cochran, Georgia. Even from a young age, people recognized Landon had an independent spirit and a kind, compassionate heart. He was an adventurous and fun-loving child who had a genuine love for life and all it has to offer. Like many boys his age he was active in organizations and sports. He was in 4H Club, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, played rec baseball and took Tae Kwon Do. And, throughout his childhood and into early adulthood in Cochran, Georgia, Landon demonstrated his talent and passion for the arts as an actor, musician and singer. He entertained family and friends with his infectious charm - sharing his joyful exuberance for life.
After graduating from Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University, Landon served as a dedicated and compassionate cardiac ICU nurse at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and a trauma care nurse at Grady Hospital in Atlanta. He was an accomplished musician playing french horn in the Atlanta Concert Band. In addition to being a nurse and musician, Landon was also an athlete. He ran cross-country in high school, completed the Spartan Trifecta in 2015 and was a Crossfit coach at Crossfit Chamblee in a suburb of Atlanta.
The little boy who chased trains and fireflies matured into a man who recognized a world of limitless opportunities; one where new adventures await those who dare to dream and take risks. For Landon, the unfamiliar was simply an invitation to new experiences and new people. With his infectious personality and comforting smile, he brought joy to those he met.
Landon touched many lives through his kindness, optimism and boundless energy. He was tirelessly dedicated to his patients and their families. He was a trusted, loyal and steadfast friend, son, husband and brother. What a blessing Landon was to those who knew him well and to those who love him still.
"As a nurse, we have the opportunity to heal the heart, mind, soul and body of our patients, their families and ourselves. They may not remember your name but they will never forget the way you made them feel"