WASHINGTON – American Mothers selected Heather Briganti, of south Charlotte, as the 2019 North Carolina Mother of the Year for her contributions in the home, workplace and community.
Briganti’s son was diagnosed with a rare autoinflammatory disease in 2015.
She said becoming a mother showed her the meaning of true, unconditional and selfless love, and that raising a child who is funny, smart, clever and who just happens to have a rare disease is the joy of her life.
“As the parent of a child with a rare disease, I’ve been lucky to connect with moms all over the world who are in a similar situation. This support network is essential for moms who are scared, as I was prior to my son’s diagnosis,” Briganti said. “Through my involvement with the Autoinflammatory Alliance, I’ve been blessed to give time and support to autoinflammatory moms worldwide, raising awareness and encouraging proper diagnosis for families with children who have auto inflammatory diseases.”
She’s tried to expose her son to as much as possible and support him to be who he wants to be.
“I don’t believe children should be told who they are or what their interests should be; rather, I believe that it’s my job as a parent to give my son as many experiences as possible, and with guardrails, allow him to figure out who he is,” she said.
Briganti, along with honorees from states across the U.S, was recognized during the 84th National Convention of American Mothers from April 28 to 30 in Washington, D.C.
She will also serve as an ambassador for North Carolina mothers during visits with members of Congress.
“For over eight decades our organization has honored mothers who work tirelessly and serve greatly,” said Connell Branan, president of American Mothers. “The women being recognized this year represent the diverse and complex nature of mothers who are using their maternal energy to make a positive impact in the world.”