In April of this year my husband the bread winner of our family was involved in a serious car wreck. He broke his neck and back in several places and a later MRI showed a cerebral aneurysm behind his right eye which he later had surgery for. I have had to be his 24/7 caregiver since this occurred. In October my oldest son, my second Coastie, left for boot camp to follow his dreams. Even though I tried I couldn't overcome our financial obstacles and was afraid I would miss his graduation. A fellow Coastie mom encouraged me to apply for assistance through the US Coast Guard Mom in Need Fund. I was hesitant as it was difficult for me to swallow my pride and ask for help. Nevertheless the day he called and gave us his orders in his 5th week I knew from hearing the excitement in his voice that I had to at least apply. I said a prayer and filled out the application. When I received the email that told me congratulations you’re going to graduation tears of joy streamed down my face. I will never be able to repay the blessing that I received today thanks to the US Coast Guard Mom in Need Fund and all of its donors. To our surprise, my daughter, my first Coastie, had made arrangements with my sons CC to surprise her brother by presenting him his certificate at graduation. I will never forget the feeling and the look on his face when he first saw her. Tears streamed down all of our faces. With 1 exception It was the first time I had all of my kids together in almost 4 years. If it wasn't for the US Coast Guard MINF and all of its contributors and volunteers I would have missed the absolutely most proudest moment I have ever felt as a Mom. I would like to thank everyone who has ever made a donation to the US Coast Guard Mom in Need Fund whether large or small. Each donation makes blessings such as these possible for our future Coasties and their Mom. Thank you seems inadequate but THANK YOU!!