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Charitable Cause: GW Ron and Joy Paul Kidney Center

What is your favorite memory as a mother?

My favorite memory as a mother is recent. Being able to donate my kidney to my oldest son last year was a blessing. It was difficult for me to accept being called a “hero” by his doctors and many others. Now I understand, the power of giving allowed him to hope, dream, and live endless possibilities. I caught a glimpse of him living a normal life, purchasing his first home in October, grocery shopping, going to the gym, and being a groomsman in his friend’s wedding. Giving life once is awesome. Giving life twice is an honor few experience.

What is the best or worst “mom purchase” you’ve ever made and why?

The worst “mom purchase” I ever made was buying only clothes and shoes for my 12 year old son for Christmas. I did not realize that he still liked toys and games. My husband watched in disbelief that we were crying on Christmas Day! I couldn’t wait for the stores to open the next morning. Since then, my husband shops for the cool tech games and gadgets.

If you could know the absolute and total truth to one question, what would you ask?

After my years of watching documentaries and hearing conspiracy theories, I would like to know the absolute and total truth to “Who killed President John F. Kennedy?”

What is the craziest thing one of your kids has done?

One of the craziest things ever was when my 14 year old son was taking out the trash and decided to grab a plastic bag from the foyer containing $4,000 cash from our golf driving range business. Thank goodness we found it in the trashcan at the curb.

What was your biggest misconception about being a mom?

My biggest misconception about being a mom is that motherhood gets easier as our children get older. We are not there to choose what they eat, their environment, or manage their money. Unfortunately mistakes as young adults tend to be more costly than when they were young.

Cheryl Whitaker, 2019 Maryland Mother Of The Year Serving Food