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Update: Tell Everyone About Your Amazing Mom

We want to highlight some of the awesome Mom's in our community.

Editor's note: Thank you all for taking the time to share such incredible stories about the amazing women in your lives. You made us laugh, cry and cheer right along with you!

We have selected the winners, but are in the process of contacting each one so we can share more about them and their special Moms with you. Check back with Patch in a few days for a listing of who's who. Just to be clear: You're all winners in our book!

Earlier:

Your mom was there to kiss your boo-boos when you were little and to help you wrestle with life’s tough questions as you grew older. She’s special and you want her to know it.

Affording a gift worthy of Mom’s awesomeness can be tough in this economy though.

Don’t worry; Patch has got your back!

Just tell us in the comments section why your mom rocks and you just might win one of five $500 gift cards we’re giving away to special moms who touch the lives of the readers in our 19 Florida Patch towns.

You have until noon Tuesday, May 1, to share her story on Patch. You can also upload your favorite photographs of Mom in action right to this story (but only the comments count for the contest).

Five winners will be selected at random from all of those who enter by commenting about their moms. We’ll announce the winners Wednesday morning and follow later with a story that shares their comments and highlights a few of our other favorite stories, too. Winners will get their gift cards in plenty of time for Mother's Day, May 13.

Since we know that the special mom in your life just might be your guardian, grandmother, wife or even yourself, don’t be shy about entering. We love all moms!

So get ready to show Mom why she’s so awesome - share her (or your) story on Patch!

* Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia who are 18 and older. * To enter, post a comment on this story.* All entries must be received by May 1, 2012, 12:00pm Eastern Time.* You may enter once.* 5 winners will be selected in a random drawing.* Five (5) Grand Prize Winner will receive $500 gift cards.* Click

Charlotte J. Lambert May 01, 2012 at 03:16 PM
My Mom is the strongest, most selfless woman I have ever known. I'm the oldest of three, and at 28, I still talk to my Mom everyday. My little brother was diagnosed at the age 3 with Leukemia, and after relapsing 3 times and extensive treatment went into remission at age 9. My dad was diagnosed with Leukemia later that year, and passed away. I was 12, my brother was 9, and my baby sister was 4. My mom never broke.  Her relentless smile and positive smile, positive attitude and constant reminder of how special life is kept us all in a bright place. Today my mom runs a small non-profit organization, where she helps families financially while they battle cancer. My Mom also volunteers for DART (disaster animal rescue team) where she continues to help the lives of animals across the US. Her compassion and love has changed and saved lives- and as for us, her kids, we are so blessed and so thankful to have a Mom who has given us the truest and sweetest love a Mom can give. Thank you to our mom for teaching us compassion, love and strength. Happy Mothers Day Love CJ, Michael and Maxi
jaimie davis May 01, 2012 at 07:40 PM
My mom is the best, She has been raising me by herself since I was born and I am 12 years old. She is the coolest mom, she s fun, she takes me camping and tells me and shows me why it is important to enjoy what God has given us. She got us a wave runner so we could be out on the water together. She has taught me how to be a good student, to study and focus which has made me a straight A student and even skipped a grade...She has also taught me how to cook and she is a great cook too! She is kind but she also disciplines me so I know right ways..She warns me about dangers now and in my futre. She is involved with animal rescue and me too and we kept our dog that we were fostering. Most of all she loves me soooooooooo much. Jaimie Davis
La Vern August 06, 2012 at 07:42 PM
There are not many words to describe my mother, some might say other wordly lol. I am actually looking on line now for contest and other sites that allow stories of amazing moms. I am soon to be 49yo. My mother, Gladys, adopted me when I was 5, almost ready to age out and become part of the system until 18. God himself only knows the kind of hell I may have gone through had she not wanted me. I was overly talkative, loud, hyper, and an all around spaz. The first thing she said I asked her on one of her visits to see me before the adoption was, "Why did they crucify Jesus?" To this day I dont know where I got that one from, as I said, I was an overly saturated sponge. My moms moms mom was a slave so education was everything in her family, 9 children. My mother being the baby. Her mother wanted grandchildren, but seeing as how everyone ran out to get an education, NO ONE had any children. strange I know, but Ms. Gladys took herself out there, not only to became the first Black woman to do several honorable things, including cook for Langston Hughes, have a library named after her, and become the first Black woman to receive a Masters from Washington State University, she also adopted me as a single woman. My mother handled situations with grace, poise, and class. BELIEVE me it was NOT easy growing up in Eastern WA., not a lot of color, but a lot of racism. needless to say, I did ok being a girl and an only child, growing up in that environment. MY mom is the greatest mom ever.
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rose May 06, 2013 at 08:38 AM
All of you are soo lucky to have an amazing mum :) Some people like-me-dont have a mum who appreciates their daughter but all she does is find the negatives and get rid of me.I would love to have a mum who was loving,caring and understanding and forgiving :(

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