Julie Cheetham is my mother but she is also so much more than that. As a counselor at a non-profit behavioral health business, she has helped dozens of clients to lead a better life and become healthier individuals, despite their pasts that were often filled with drugs and/or abuse. Even having three daughters of her own, Julie and my father decided to apply for a fostering license to help the less fortunate children of Arizona. Our family housed three sisters who my mother was the main provider, and eventually she adopted them into our family. After some time, she also adopted a baby boy with muscular dystrophy and another boy on the autism spectrum. All five of the children are under six years old, as well as raising two of the teenagers that live with her. She has affected the lives of these five children who were all confiscated by CPS, and I could not be where I am today without her. Although we are all a handful, she is the best mother I know and I feel she is the woman of the year.