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    Posted April 10, 2014 by
    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    In praise of “other mothers”

    Adopted by single mom


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     She was always helping others. She always like to help her students, fellow colleagues, strangers," Maya319 recalls about her mom, Louise, who adopted her when she was 5 years old. In 2007, Louise, who was also a teacher, took a group of students to India. The trip provided Maya an opportunity to return to where she was born for the first time in 13 years and will always look back on the trip with the fondest of memories."

    I was born in India. I was adopted and came to the U.S. when I was five. My mother, Louse, looked for Hindu temples for me to attend and found a doctor who could speak my language. Every Sunday she took me to Sunday school and made sure I still had my Indian culture and religion. She always told me to follow my dreams and supported me no matter what. Because of her I learned to love reading, love school, and help others as much as possible.

    She was a strong woman and loved to teach. Her students and colleagues tell me how much she meant to them and how much she has helped them out and help to increase and improve Penn State Harrisburg. She was never afraid to speak her mind and help others when they were being mistreated.

    She passed away when I was 21, in 2010 from cancer. Even though is no long with me in person, I know her spirit is still with me and I she will always be my role model. Even though she wasn't my birth mother, she will be the first mom I ever had because she raised me to be the woman I am today.
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