Words cannot express how grateful I am to the USCG Mom in Need Fund. When my son left for boot camp, my husband and I were so proud of him and the decision he made to join. At the same time, we were saddened to know that due to financial reasons, we would not be able to be there for him at his graduation. I was heartbroken. I saw the USCG Mom in Need Fund on Facebook. I applied and I prayed. A short time later I received an email telling me that my application had been approved and I was going to Cape May. I will never forget this moment. My prayers had been answered. I had just received the greatest gift of my life. I cried the happiest tears and was so thankful that I had been given this opportunity. The USCG Mom in Need Fund provided me with my travel arrangements and I was ready to go. The whole experience was amazing. I departed for New Jersey and stayed at a lovely hotel near the beautiful Wildwood boardwalk. I arrived at Cape May with so much happiness and excitement. As I sat on the bleachers waiting for the Graduation to begin, the tears began to flow because I never thought I would have the opportunity to be sitting there. I was overwhelmed with so much emotion. The moment I saw my son and the big smile he had on his face when he saw me was so priceless. Being able to hug him after graduation and to be there to support him is something I will forever be grateful for. My son was so thankful I was there. We both cried more happy tears. Without the USCG Mom in Need Fund, my son would have been alone at his graduation. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me and providing me with these memories. I will never forget the gift you gave me and I will pay it forward in the future. Blessings to you. You have made such an impact in my life and I am so proud to be a part of the USCG family.