For the moms that we have connected with through W.A.G.S. 4 Kids, we recognize that their journeys are not as different from those journeys of other mothers, but there may be other paths to navigate. The experience of raising a child is full of joy, fear, humility, challenges, inspiration, exhaustion, and love. For a mother raising a child with special needs, that experience is only amplified and sometimes it takes a village. Their perseverance opens doors that were once closed for their child. They need to stand up to doctors, nurses, insurance companies, specialists, teachers and schools to advocate for their child and ensure they have access to the services they need. Using a personal touch, who else but mom could make a hospital room feel more like a home. These moms protect their children from ignorance and show them that they are worthy of dignity, respect, inclusion, and love. Overall, they love and give with all they can while being resilient and fierce.