My son’s finance (he proposed the night of graduation!) told me about the Mom In Need Fund. She and her mother told me they had written to the MINF on my behalf and after my loved ones convinced me that it was okay to ask for help, I submitted my application. I was afraid to even hope that I would be chosen.
Unbelievably the next day I received an email telling me that I HAD been chosen! There are not enough words to express my joy and gratitude for this gift. One of the best moments of my life, and I know I will never forget it, was the night my son called and I was able to tell him that his Mom would be there to see him graduate. Of course I was crying when I told him, but my big strong Coastie broke down in tears too. That just confirmed to me how much my being there meant to him.
When his company began entering the building the excitement was palpable. Before I had a chance to even begin looking for that familiar face, he was passing right in front of me! I felt I would be unable to contain the overwhelming pride, joy, love, and admiration I have for this young man, my son. During the ceremony I had a hard time focusing; I couldn’t keep my eyes off this commendable man in uniform that my baby boy had grown into. All I could think about was wrapping my arms around him, looking him in his eyes and telling him how proud I am of him.
Without the Mom In Need Fund, none of this would have been possible. I would have a different story to tell, a very sad one that makes me cry to even imagine it. I will be forever grateful for this blessing; a miracle that I never dreamed could happen. I will pay this gift forward by being there for other Coasties and their families to the utmost of my ability.