Checking in with a memorable mom: Cancer journey just part of life’s twists and turns

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Three years ago, WGN News brought you the story of a mother’s love for her special needs son and her passion for spreading that love to others just like him.

Her name is Holly Simon.

Since then, she has gone through many twists and turns, including a fight with breast cancer.

She chronicled her experiences in a new book

Also, the I Am Who I Am Foundation has grown tremendously since its start in 2009.

They now donate baby blankets to children born with special needs and hold a fundraising party every November.

Holly Simon is one of Chicago’s Very Own.

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