Laura Redman, 55, Wilmington

For Laura Redman, motherhood comes down to one word: sacrifice. Redman is mother to two adult children. But for the last year, she also cared for her mentally disabled sister and their mother, who was dying of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. On most days, Redman hovered by her mother's bedside, holding tea to her lips and reading Scripture. It's a sense of duty and devotion that Redman took from her mother, who cared for her own mother and husband when they were dying. On Wednesday, Redman's mother died. Sitting outside her empty room, Redman recalled a moment some 20 years ago when she felt depressed and distanced from her parents who lived in Wisconsin. Later that day, her doorbell rang and she discovered a bouquet of flowers and a card that read, "We Love You — Love Mom and Dad." "You have unconditional love for your children," Redman said. "And as your parents get older, you realize what they have sacrificed for you." Watch a video of Laura Redman talking about her mom.
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