Victoria Marin is a single mom of five children who lost her job as a health care professional in 2008. She went back to school and studied to be a writer of children’s literature. During that time, she struggled to provide for me and my siblings.
Recently, she shared that she would shop at thrift stores and garage sales all year long to make sure we always had nice birthdays and holidays. My mom is very active in our church where she is a eucharistic minister and a catechist.
I’m proud to say that my mom just published her first children’s book. The title of the book is Aiden’s Waltz. It is loosely based on my brother’s experience with Autism and how he overcame his challenges through ballroom dancing. With Autism Awareness Month upon us, my mom should be recognized for the message she sends in her book which is all individuals with special needs have talents and are deserving of love, care and respect.
My mom is an example of a strong woman who puts her children and her family first. I am sure that my mom made many sacrifices just to see me and my siblings happy. She has taught us about the value of an education, hard work and family. I am proud of her accomplishments and of who she is today. I hope that you will also agree that my mom deserves to be recognized as one of your honorees.
Victoria Marin graduated from New York University in 1995 with a degree in Occupational Therapy. As an Occupational Therapist, she gained recognition for the innovative use of the Nintendo Wii with the elderly in a rehab setting. Marin held a position in the Metropolitan Occupational Therapy Education Council and was a member of the Dominican College Professional Advisory Council, where she presented the benefits of a multi-sensory approach for the treatment of elderly patients with dementia. As a stay-at-home mom, she is an active member of her church where she is a catechist and Eucharistic minister.
Raised in Orangeburg, New York by Italian immigrants, the importance of family, friendship and respect was emphasized. Now living in New Jersey with her five children- Christopher, Jonathan, Lauren, Sienna and Ryan, Marin finds her inspiration to write in them. Through her children, she has observed life in action and has learned many valuable life lessons which she is honored to share with readers.
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