Meet October’s Finalists

Posted by on Sep 30, 2012 in Blog, Featured | Comments Off on Meet October’s Finalists

Shannon Flammond

I’m nominating my sister Shannon. Many people may already know her because she has made it her goal to help teens and I mean any teens. On December 12 2010 she lost her son Forrest to suicide. It was not something anyone saw coming. Her boys were and are still her life. She has managed to keep pushing through and surviving for her family. She has made it her own personal goal to be her sons voice and help others kids in crisis. Simply because she loves kids and does not want another mother to go through what she has gone through. She is also the woman I trust to watch my lil girl and my daughter is so blessed for this. These two have so much fun together. She also helps take care of our father everyday who suffers from Parkinson’s. She does this all with a smile and love because family is her life! Thank you for your consideration.

– Angie Madaus Young

Diane Marthaler

Diane Marthaler or as everyone calls her “Toot” is the most beautiful women and should be recognized. She has been battling breast cancer since 2008 and was diagnosed August 27, 2012 as terminal. Through out her journey she has continued to be positive and fills her days with laughter and never has questined “why” .. rather focusing her time on her husband, Scott , 2 children Ashylnn and logan and living each day to the fullest. Every day she continues to amaze me with her faith in god. Since her terminal diagnosis rather than pity herself she has strived to get things done so that she will be able to leave her legacy to her children and her husband, spending many hours writing birthday cards, wedding cards , baby cards for her children to have when these events occur knowing that she will not be there to witness, but they will have her “words” to offer comfort to her children and loved ones. Her true testimate and ultimate faith blew me away when her and I recently spent a few hours together and she said to me. I am not afraid, the place I am going is wonderful its my loved ones here I worry about and that makes me sad that they will be sad. Her caringbridge site has close to 14,000 visits and the guestbook entries tell the story of how her life has impacted to so many and I am just one of the hundreds that my beautiful friend Toot has impacted. I hope that you will consider Diane ( Toot ) Marthaler as one of your beautiful women – she is amazing and her story of Faith and the obsticles she has went through and never consentrating on herself always about others. Even on her last few months on this earth waiting her body growing weaker and waiting for God to take her she fills her day making others laugh and making sure her legacy to her children and loved ones is fullfilled.

Visit her CaringBridge site.

-Pam Knapper

Holly Novacek

Holly Novacek is my best friend and the mother of 2 1/2 year old twin boys, Jacob and Brennan. When Holly was 24 weeks pregnant she was told that one of the twins had Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS). Due to the heart condition Holly had to deliver the boys in Minneapolis so she could be near the team of specialists that would immediately have to take Jacob. She spent the last half of her pregnancy on the phone fighting with insurance, at ultrasounds every week, and arranging for a place to stay in the cities while most moms are concerned with nursery colors, names, etc. Many times you could see that Holly was on the brink of breakdown but she always held it together. Near the end of her pregnancy she was so miserable and uncomfortable but never complained because to her it meant that Jakey had the opportunity to get a little bit bigger and a little bit stronger while in utero. Once the twins were delivered Holly had to bounce back and forth between caring for Brennan while staying at the Ronald McDonald House and also being up at the hospital to watch over Jacob and prepare for the first of his three open heart surgeries, all after having a c-section. Again, never did she complain of the discomfort she felt. Once the family was all back at home in Fargo Holly kept it all together while trying to care for a newborn that just had open heart surgery and trying to also meet the needs of another newborn. All went well but they knew they had another surgery looming over them. Holly stays home with the boys and in the beginning this often meant she spent her days trying to get Jacob to eat without getting sick and still meet Brennan’s needs. At a little over a year Jacob had his second surgery and the recovery process started all over again, only this time it went a little slower. It’s been over a year and now Jacob’s 3rd surgery is coming up. There are mixed feelings of relief to have them all done and dread of having to do it all over again, however, Holly is as strong as ever and cherishing every minute with her boys. Holly has become very involved with different organizations and helps find resources for parents that have a child with some type of Congential Heart Disease. She has done several walks and fundraisers and is involved with Project Carson to help raise awareness. Just recently Holly completed her first 10K in honor of Jacob. I believe this shows that she is just as strong physically as she has been mentally and emotionally. She is an awesome mother to these two handsome little boys and I don’t think there is anyone more deserving of the Beautiful Woman Award!

– Lorraine Albrecht

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