Wal-Mart “Mom of the Year” Nominee Had Cancer, Rejected Abortion

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 4, 2012   |   1:08PM   |   Ottawa, Canada

A woman who had cancer while she was pregnant but steadfastly rejected abortion has been nominated by her daughter as the mother of the year in a contest sponsored by Wal-Mart in Canada.

Maria Pitman’s daughter Jocelyn Pitman nominated her mother and shared the fascinating story in a post at the Wal-Mart web site.  As Pitman writes:

At 8 years old, my mom was diagnosed with a stage 4 Wilm’s tumor. She had surgery, 15 months of chemo, 6 weeks of radiation and was told she couldn’t have children.

May 2011, after 25 years of perfect health, she was diagnosed with breast cancer while pregnant with her 7th baby. After refusing to abort the baby she underwent a full mastectomy at 20 weeks pregnant. While still being pregnant, she went through 3 chemo treatments, all while taking care of my 5 brothers and I and homeschooling 4 of us

In September Mom delivered a perfectly healthy baby girl at 36 weeks. After a short recovery she went through 3 more chemo treatments and 25 radiation treatments 3 hours away from our home, keeping us together and life as normal as possible this entire time.

We are blessed to have her, now cancer free and my little sister is perfectly healthy. My mom is absolutely amazing, always putting us first while encouraging others with her story, positive attitude and being an example of God’s love.



Wal-Mart’s web site talks about the reasons for the special contest.

Whether it’s her famous egg salad sandwiches, the way she makes everyone feel welcome, or her knack for always being there when you need her, every mom has a quality that makes her the best. The Mom of the Year program is the perfect way to give thanks and say, “here’s to mom.”

Every Mom of the Year nominee gets a profile page that can be shared with her friends and family. Her loved ones can add their own heart-warming comments, making it more like a tribute page where she can see how loved and appreciated she really is.

Winners receive cash prizes from $10,000 to $100,000 and a trip to Toronto, Canada.