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Maria Ilac, 2019 Washington Mother of the Year with her family

Charitable Cause: The Idea Project

What is your favorite memory as a mother?

My best mom memories have been in the small things. I am flooded with joy recalling all of the times my kids have shown kindness to others; at school home or the community. We have bags of supplies we give to the homeless because my oldest has to help. I also love when my boys learn to converse. (My youngest is just starting.) Our best conversations are in the car. Having conversations with my children is exciting; it is fun, challenges me, and is humbling to know what kind of an impact I can have on them in those conversations.

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

Best Working Mom Purchase ever was a hands-free breast pump! If you have ever had to pump you will understand.

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

What is the cure for childhood cancers and what is my part in making it happen?