Local mom makes sure all moms are recognized

LIVONIA, Mich. (WXYZ) - As we wish the women in our lives the happiest of Mother's Days, a local mom is making sure all mothers get the recognition they deserve.

“I wanted to give you this flower for Mother’s Day." said Tammy DeFord, handing out flowers to the seniors at Livonia's American House Senior Living. When DeFord says every mom deserves a thank you, it isn’t just lip service.

“Thank you so much!" said one resident as a flower from DeFord brings a smile to her face.

Lighting up a smile means DeFord can smile too on this bittersweet Mother’s Day.

“This morning I woke up," said DeFord, "And I don’t have my soldier with me.”

With her son Kevin serving in the army overseas, Tammy says she understands the void of spending this day alone. The kind of isolation many mothers feel at Livonia’s American House Senior Living.

“A lot of them don’t have family, and it’s sad," said American House Senior Living's Paulette Nicpon, "Especially during the holidays, it makes it a little harder.”

“And I just thought about my mom who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer." said DeFord, "And she means so much to me that I knew there are moms that don’t’ have family and don’t’ have support. And it means the world that they are recognized."

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