Shirley Mathai, you are the winner!
The winning entry of the “Mommy and Me” contest was entered by Joey Mathews.
He wrote for his sister-
“Shirley is a single mom to her two kids: Matthew (10) and Maya (5). In the last two years, Shirley’s life was marked by a series of events each more trying than the last: She dealt with a divorce, being laid off from her job of over 10 years, relocating to a new city, and finally being diagnosed with and treated for advanced stage breast cancer.
Throughout it all, the thought of her two kids was what kept her going strong. I can’t imagine anyone being dealt a hand so adverse, yet manage to maintain such a positive role.
Shirley is well on the road to recovery, though the chemotherapy and radiation have taken her hair. She’s somewhat self-conscious about her new wig, and I believe a photoshoot would go a long way in helping her realize that the example she’s set for her kids speaks volumes more about her character than her hair. I can’t think of anyone more deserving.”
This entry moved me so much. I want to congratulate Shirley for being such a great sport and role model to all of us mothers.