Amy – TPE Mother of the Year 2012

13 05 2012

Michelle Wolford Ball nominated Amy for Mother of the Year for the TPE Post.  Michelle writes, “Amy was not only the “Mother of the Year,” she was the mother of a lifetime. She was a fighter, lover, and genuinely great person. She will absolutely be missed by all those who knew her and always be seen as a woman who not only made the most of her remaining time, but a woman who celebrated her life by extensively searching for a cure that will perhaps be the answer for those who succeed her.”

Here is the link to Michelle’s nomination for Amy:

Here is the link honoring Amy as Mother of the Year by TPE Post (article below):


While facing death, one woman taught us about life

ByTrish Brown

– May 12, 2012

Naming the Mother of the Year is one of the fun parts of running a news publication, and this year is TPE’s first, though it is not a normal announcement. This one comes with joy and a great deal of sorrow.

As publisher of the I am happy to announce our TPE Mother of the Year as Amy Rauch Neilson , 43, of Farmington Hills, MI. Amy was nominated because of her spirit, her determination and her courage in fighting cancer, and defeating it, only to have it wage war against her again and to continue with the same determination and perseverance to attempt to defeat it again.

In an interview with a local Detroit television station Amy was quoted as saying her six-year-old son, Theo, was her reason for having the immense courage to go up against the deadly killer a second time.

“It terrifies me. I don’t want him to grow up without a mom,” she said in that interview. “I will do anything I can to make sure I am here to raise him.”

 Amy and her family

Unfortunately, Amy lost her battle a week ago.

The decision to name Amy as TPE Mother of the Year 2012 was made the night before she passed away.  In the 25 years I have been doing this, I have to admit this is a first.  I have given it a lot of thought and have drawn some conclusions or lessons we all can learn from Amy.

The first one is never give up.

The second one is some thing I have known for a long time, but have many friends and colleagues who haven’t learned.  We live to love and be loved.

The third is no matter how wonderful you are, or how smart, charming, rich and famous, no one is promised a tomorrow.

If we all lived each day cherishing the little things, we would be so surprised to learn how much happiness is right in front of us.

As we all celebrate Mother’s Day remembering our moms who are  still here, and those who have passed away, don’t forget to take every chance you get to show love and to allow yourself to be loved by others.

We are so thankful for the story Michelle Ball, who is part of team Amy, shared with us. And we are thankful to Michelle for allowing us to have a glimpse into Amy’s spirit, and the way she led her life in good times and in bad.

Happy Mother’s Day to all moms and we wish the best for Amy’s son Theo and her husband, Don, and her other family members and her many, many friends. God Bless!



2 responses

13 05 2012
brian Murphy

All of her friends, fans and family are smiling through tears and saying, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY, dear, dear Amy—Brian, Toni, Lauren

13 05 2012
kerri daugherty

Happy Mothers Day Angel. Nobody deserves this more than you. You will always hold a special spot in our hearts. God bless you. I love you always

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