My mother, Rita Brand, has had a very rough life. On March 20th she will celebrate her 78th birthday. She grew up in Escanaba, Michigan. They lived in poverty as did most families during this era. She endured many “bad” experiences but through all that she has always been happy and cheerful. She never was mean to anyone the whole time I was growing up. She always had a kind heart. She has always been a giving person. She is very much a “people” person and loves to be out and about.

She has fought breast cancer twice and is a survivor!! I respect my mom for her strength and courage even though she was beaten down so much in her life.