Last year a campaign was started and lodged by the readers to nominate my wife, Sue, as an “Unstoppable Mom”. This was a contest sponsored by Live with Kelly and Michael! (ABC Network) and delivers a $100,000 prize to the winner and her family. What can I say, “her family” could make good use of this money. Further, it’s a means of keeping Ryan relevant and bringing national attention to brain injury and violence. But I’ll tell you what it really does. It is undeniable, living proof that some moms can’t — and will not — be stopped, even when all hell breaks loose and the world is crumbling down.
suppose know I was overly confident last year that Sue would make the cut and get into the top 5 finalists. How could she not, I reasoned? Arrogantly, I was just waiting for the call. Well, the day of the announcement came and went and our phones remained silent.
I was crushed. For me, sure, but mostly for her. I cursed myself for letting her down (and not knowing exactly how I did this), and I do to this day.
Then hope resurfaced!
I began receiving many emails over the past couple of days with some encouraging news. Turns out, this contest is being held again this year. Seeing as I can think of no other woman, let alone mom, that is as deserving I’d like to ask you to help again. I just can’t imagine that Sue will be overlooked twice. She is the epitome of an “Unstoppable Mom” and does this with humility and grace. She asks for no recognition. No pat on the back. No “Atta Girl”… but is deserving of it all.
I swear she must be hiding her halo from us all. It’s probably behind her invisible armor that only chinks when no one is looking. But that’s her… not wanting others to feel the hurt and despair that burdens her during every waking moment and invading her restless sleep.
Qualities of Past Nominees
For the sake of comparison and reference, here are some past entries that made the cut, but you can see all of these on the official page (link provided below):
- Elizabeth. As she looks for ways to improve her indoor playground business for the community, Elizabeth engages her children, encouraging them to use their imaginations and contribute their thoughts. Through this process, her children are empowered to make decisions and experience the satisfaction of seeing their ideas come to life.
- Elisangela. Whether it’s picking out her mom’s clothes for work the next day, or helping to select paint for a contracting job, Elisangela encourages Nadean’s independence. Elisangela provides an open forum where Nadean can express her individual thoughts and, in turn, Nadean knows that her opinion counts.
- Malia. Malia teaches her children that by being resourceful and creating things by hand, they will feel a sense of accomplishment. Being cost-conscious also teaches her children how to be creative and self-sufficient.
- Ronalyn. Between pursuing her degree and working full time, Ronalyn makes sure her children know that she is always there for them. Supporting their education and creative pursuits comes first; this busy mom makes sure to be the best example for her kids.
These remarkable women are certainly deserving of their recognition and I believe Sue is too. She works full-time in a highly demanding and stressful career quite high-up in management. Then she comes home to work full-time as a caregiver… a mom… a wife… a friend. She works with Ryan nonstop (and puts up with me nonstop too, come to think of it). Without a single vacation day or full night’s sleep in well over four years. There is no one that holds a candle to her when it comes to encouragement of their child. In this case, both her children.
Ah, you see, let’s not forget everything she does for our daughter, Kari, too! Oh, the lessons Sue is teaching her… and was suggested by Kathleen, in the comments, that this might be an area to focus on for the nomination. Sue teaches, guides, and models loyalty to family, unrelenting dedication, personal and societal accountability, and unconditional love. Sue does this for Kari in the gravest of circumstances. No. She does this in spite of them.
Sue’s sense of commitment, passion, and perseverance is something to behold, even if not recognized through this contest. Unquestionably, many would have been stopped dead in their tracks. Stonewalled and flattened, if truth be told. Not her! She’s not only unstoppable, she’s un-fuddruckin-believably unstoppable. She lowers her shoulder, leans in, and pushes through… somehow with dignity and grace. So sweet, yet so strong.
Call to Action
So I ask, no, I beg (here on Begger’s Corner)… please take the minute to nominate her if you feel even half as I do about her. Really, it’s only a minute.
Whether you nominate her via the online form or mail it, here is all the information you will need that is pertinent to her (just copy & paste):
- (Mom) Nominee’s First and Last Names: Sue Diviney
- (Mom) Nominee’s Address: 21092 Carthagena Ct., Ashburn, VA 20147
- Birthdate: They are asking for yours (to meet the age requirement to nominate), not hers.
- (Mom) Nominee’s Mobile number: 571-305-2662
- (Mom) Nominee’s Work Number: 571-305-2662
- (Mom) Nominee’s Email Address: Kdiviney@ryansrally.org
Click this image below to be taken directly to the nomination form!
All submissions (either mailed or submitted electronically) must be received no later than 6 pm EST on February 7th, 2014.
Truth is, Sue was unstoppable her entire life. Now, given the circumstances — she neither wanted nor asked for, mind you — she is more unstoppable than ever. She’s unimaginable! You really need look no further than her own words, written well over one year ago, in her post Family. It’s What We Do.
Sharing is Caring
Please, please, please (and please, again) share this on your social media! This is a two-step process First, she must be named a finalist. Here we must rely on the solid judgement and common wisdom of those who will learn about Sue and all she conquers. Then it gets down to voting and that’s when we, Team Diviney, kick in. If we can get to that point then my confidence and excitement will need held in check. This is exactly where we shine (among so many others, I should add). Fondly, I think back to all the “campaigns” you have waged for my family… for me… for Ryan… and I’d be foolish not to ask for it again. This time it’s for Sue.
A mom, but more. The silent, unstoppable, hero mom.